DA7 concludes Women’s Month celebration with an orientation on safe and healthy workplace

Created on Monday, 18 April 2022

The celebration of the 2022 National Women’s Month of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 7 concluded with an orientation emphasizing women protection in the workplace, today at a hotel in Cebu City.

Deemed as vital officers to be installed in the office are the health and safety officer. According to Kenneth James Burbos, resource person from the Department of Labor and Employment, a health officer can respond to employees who may have heart attacks or any sudden illnesses, and a safety officer can create a contingency program to reduce the risk of disasters that could happen in the workplace. Training and drills on disaster risk reduction is highly recommended to ensure employees‘ preparedness during emergencies.

Noted in the orientation, is the Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI) which needs to be established in any government office. The said office will receive and investigate cases of sexual harassment as well as submit a report of its findings to the disciplining authority for decision.
Gerlou Tibon of the Department of Interior and Local Government, cited Republic Act 7877 also known as Anti-sexual Harassment Act as the duty of every employee to refrain from committing acts of gender-based sexual harassment such as blurting sexist, transphobic remarks and stalking.
Joseph Rommel Bascar , CODI rule officer, discussed the role of the Committee on Decorum and Investigation in the DA-RFO7.

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