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31 August 2012

PHL, South Korea sign OSH agreement

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has signed an agreement with South Korea that seeks to ensure the safety and health of Filipino workers employed by Korean industrial companies in the country.

The signing of the accord was seen as an offshoot of a series of industrial-related accidents involving Filipino workers employed by the Hanjin industrial shipyard at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone that led to the deaths of several workers.

The agreement with the Korean Occupational Safety and Health Agency signed on August 25 seeks to improve the occupational safety and health system in the country, according to Baldoz.

Kosha is an agency of South Korea’s Ministry of Employment and Labor.

The agreement will facilitate Korea’s financial and technical support geared to improve occupational safety and health (OSH) system.

These include:

1. An analysis of the Philippines’s policies on industrial accident prevention, workplace improvement and industrial accident compensation, and provide advice and guidelines for the enhancement of OSH policies in the Philippines;

2. Deployment of experts to the Philippines to provide assistance for the enhancement of OSH policies, especially with regard to industrial accident prevention, workplace improvement and industrial accident compensation;

3. Provision of training to the Philippines’s policy-makers/implementers in Korea so that they can learn about Korea’s experiences, including the implementation of policies on industrial accident prevention, workplace improvement and industrial accident compensation, and the management of relevant institutions. (E. Torres and J. Mayuga, Business Mirror)

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