Occupational Medicine Week focus: health staff
The Philippine College of Occupational Medicine, Inc. (PCOM), in partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) of the Department of Labor and Employment, led the celebration of the first Occupational Medicine Week.
With the theme “Healthy workforce, healthy Philippines,” the celebration aims to emphasize that with safer and healthier workforce, there will be improved productivity in the workplaces and for the country as a whole.
In Baguio, the PCOM Baguio-Benguet chapter led the opening ceremonies.
OSHC Executive Director Dr. Ma. Teresita Cucueco outlined the importance of increasing awareness on the importance of bringing about a healthy and productive workforce especially at this time that the country is moving towards economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cucueco said there is a need to strengthen occupational safety and health and to reach out to the underserved or still unserved workforce.
“We would like to increase the awareness on the importance in bringing about a healthy and productive workforce.”
“We are challenging PCOM as our private sector partners to continue its work to bring a healthy workforce through their activities and also into the other sectors of society which remains underserved or unserved,” Cucueco said.
The PSA 2019/2020 Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment shows there were 37,513 occupational accidents, 40,892 of occupational injuries and 54,551 cases of occupational diseases recorded in 2019. – Carlito C. Dar