WESTERN VISAYAS – The Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), in partnership with Taytay sa Kauswagan Incorporated, conducted an orientation on occupational safety and health for the coffee farmers of Nagpana Minorities Association in Sitio Nagpana, Barotac Viejo last February 26, 2021.

The association, also known as NAMIAS is an ati community in Barangay Lipata that largely depends on farming and coffee as their major sources of income. Currently, NAMIAS is part of a Community Empowerment implementation under the Science and Technology (CEST) program, one of the banner programs of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Region 6 with the aim of building empowered, progressive and resilient communities through the infusion of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).

The one-day orientation for association officers composed of coffee farmers and processors was spearheaded by OSHC-Region 6 Officer-in-Charge Mr. Melveen M. Melocoton with the discussion on Occupational Safety and Health in the Agriculture Industry. Moreover, a workshop was also provided in order to help the association identify the possible risks, accidents and control measures in their work environment.

“Importante gid sa lawas ta ang health ta maayo kay kung pigado ang aton nga health, wala gid may masagod sa aton pamilya,” shared by Eduardo Suarez, a coffee farmer and Vice President of NAMIAS.

The conducted orientation was an active strategy in reaching out to vulnerable working sectors in Western Visayas and assisting them in improving their quality of work practices through promotion of basic safety and health procedures and strong focus on preventing workplace hazards.

“The orientation is a reminder for us to always seek ang aton nga safety, bisan gamay lang na nga bagay we must check gid; mangin mindful kita kung ano ang maging effect. This orientation is a big help for me and sa workers sa community.” said by Renave T. Tuala, Manager of Taytay sa Kausawagan Incorporated.

NAMIAS Ati Community of Sitio Nagpana in Brgy. Lipata, Barotac Viejo is currently making its name in the industry of coffee producer and processor in the region with its widely known Robusta processed coffee “Kape Miro.”