WESTERN VISAYAS – The Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) provided a free safety and health audit for New Panay Agri-Ventures Development, Inc., a manufacturer of animal feeds for swine, poultry and game birds for Panay Island and other neighboring islands in the country. The manufacturing plant has been operating since 1990 and due to its rapid expansion activities, sought for the assistance for a safety and health audit to cater the demands their stakeholders while assuring safe and healthy working conditions for all their workers.

The audit team was led by OSHC-Region 6 OIC Melveen Melocoton together with four OSH technical team members, namely Nellyn Joy Valenzuela, Engr. Narciso Pasuelo, Engr. Maximo Pareja, and Engr. Wesley Welfredo Dulla. The team audited four major areas in OSH such as administrative requirements, safety control programs, environment control programs, and health control programs. Areas audited were the warehouses, machineries, admin offices, health, and welfare facilities of the company, among others.

“Ang aton na safety and health audit ay gina obra hindi para pangitaan kamo sang pagpanglabag at ma multhan kamo sang DOLE. Ang ini na audit ay gin obra naton para mabuligan ang kompaniya sa pag pa husto at improbar sang programa para sa kaluwasan at ikaayo nga lawas sang tanan na trabahador,” said Melveen Melocoton to the management of New Panay Agri-Ventures Development.

“We really appreciate the efforts of the safety and audit team for providing us a comprehensive viewpoint of our current workplace safety and health programs and policies. Your audit findings and recommendations will surely help our company in assessing what else we could improve and provide,” said HR Supervisor Jessa Jacintos.

Presently, the OSHC-6 is providing free safety training and technical assistance to distressed companies on OSH compliance pursuance to the Department of Labor and Employment – Department Order No. 198-18 series of 2018, otherwise known as the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Republic Act 11058 “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof.” Interested companies shall send a request letter addressed to the OSHC Executive Director via the OSHC-Region 6 official email.