The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) represented by Public Relations Officer IV Alvin Garcia and Planning Officer III Ryza Mae Daguplo joined the stakeholders’ forum on sustaining actions on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) for Young Workers on February 21, 2019 at The Peninsula Manila.

The event was organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) through its SafeYouth@Work project funded by the United States Department of Labor and which Philippines is one of its pilot countries for the application of building a generation of safe and healthy workers alongside Vietnam and Myanmar.

The ECC has been part of the steering committee and one of the active partners of the ILO for the project since its implementation in 2015.

The forum aimed to solicit inputs from stakeholders and potential partners on how to sustain and strengthen the promotion of OSH, identify key issues relating to OSH vulnerabilities among young workers in the country and generate solutions that may possibly address the challenges identified.

During the morning session, participants were divided into four small groups to discuss the key elements of the project such as the data, research and legislation on OSH and young workers, institutional framework addressing OSH and education, information and awareness raising for young workers.

ILO Enterprise Development Specialist Kagosashi welcomed the participants during the afternoon session and reminded everybody that OSH is a responsibility of everyone.

Other officials present during the forum include Department of Labor and Employment Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III, Assistant Secretary Benjo Benavidez, Federation of Free Workers President Atty. Jose Sonny Matula and Employers Confederation of the Philippines Director General Roland Moya.