Philippine Embassy in Brunei held a “Occupational Health and Safety Admidst COVID-19 Pandemic”
In line with its Filipino diaspora engagement under the ‘new normal’, the Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam successfully held a webinar on “Occupational Health and Safety Admidst COVID-19 Pandemic” to help raise the level of awareness on promoting the health and safety of Filipino workers in the Sultanate.
In his opening remarks, Philippine Ambassador Christopher B. Montero underscored the importance of equipping OFWs with basic knowledge on occupational health and safety standards in the workplace, and its proper implementation by employers in order to prevent work-related accidents and illnesses.
“Your participation is essential in order to implement solutions effectively. Even the best-prepared guidelines will have little impact unless you, our dear OFWs are able to convey your own concerns and issues, and recommend proposals and solutions based upon your own experiences at your own workplace”, the Ambassador said.
Dra. Regina Augusta Tan, a Filipino doctor who works as a Medical Officer at the Occupational Health Division of the Ministry of Health of Brunei Darussalam, served as resource speaker and gave a presentation on workplace hazards, measures on how to prevent and/or control these hazards, and the legal basis of Occupational Health and Safety for all workers in the Sultanate. The presentation was followed by a question and answer forum.
Post’s Labor Attaché, Ms. Melissa Mendizabal, answered queries of the OFWs regarding their working environment, including COVID-19 swab test procedures for OFWs who are departing Brunei Darussalam.
The employment profile of the participants ranges from household service workers, semi-skilled workers and professionals with female participants accounting for 72.1% of the total participants.
The Webinar was organized in collaboration with the Philippine Nurses Association–Brunei Chapter and the Philippine Labor Office and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Office (POLO-OWWA). It is also part of the Embassy’s Gender and Development (GAD) activities for the current year.— Source: Philippine Embassy in Brunei