The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Occupational Safety and Health Network (OSHNET) XI in partnership with DOLE-Davao City Field Office and City Agriculturist Office conducted the “Training on the Prevention of COVID-19 applying the ILO Work Improvements in Small Enterprises (WISE) Methodology last October 25, 2022 at the Ritz Hotel, Garden Oasis Davao City. More than 100 enterprises from the Fishing Industry and several associations that were beneficiaries of the DILP program of DOLE XI attended the Participatory Action-Oriented Training.

The project was sponsored by the government of Japan to improve the safety and health of workers in MSMEs and at the same time mitigating the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. DOLE Accredited OSH consultants and practitioners of OSHNET XI were invited to take part and facilitated the workshops to help the participants understand the importance of OSH and to take practical, reasonable, and low-cost solutions to improve their workplace conditions and productivity.

Ms. Josefa Bacal, the ILO-OSH Coordinator of the project emphasized that after the training, the participants were expected to share their learnings to their colleagues to build a culture of safety and implement the necessary measures they have identified based on the sectoral action-checklist provided. The DOLE-DILP focals will also help OSHNET XI to closely monitor the status of the action-plans and progress report of the beneficiaries.

At the end of this project, ILO and OSHNET XI were aspiring to select an MSME/informal business/alternative livelihood who have undergone the training to be showcased as success stories in implementing OSH and COVID-19 prevention at and through the workplace.

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