The International Labour Organization (ILO) conducted a Training of Trainers (TOT) on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) for Banana on November 28-29, 2022 at Blue Lotus Hotel, Davao City. It was attended by various representatives from the Association of Labor Union (ALU), members of the Philippine Banana Growers and Export Association (PBGEA), Department of Labor and Employment Region XI (DOLE XI), Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) and Occupational Safety and Health Center Regional Extension Unit XI (OSHC REU 11).

(Photo by International Labour Organization)

This two-day learning event aims to equip the core group of focal persons on Participatory Action-Oriented Training (PAOT) on OSH who can serve as trainers/ resource persons for the ILO project to promote PAOT in the workplace, community, and sectoral levels of agriculture, fishing, and mining.

Mr. Ryan Zamora, Plant Manager of Tagum Agricultural Development Company (TADECO), discussed the challenges faced by the company during its operation. On the other hand, Ms. Vermilyn Bilog, shared their best practices and initiatives relating to the prevention of work-related accidents and illnesses.

Senior Occupational Safety and Health Specialist of ILO, Dr. Yuka Ujita, introduced the PAOT Approach on OSH where she presented successful innovations in various agricultural countries in Asia. Further, she discussed technical sessions, including material handling and control of hazards specific to the agricultural sector.

With the PAOT approach, more workers from the informal sector will have an interest in ensuring and sustaining a safe and healthy working environment.

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