Andres Bonifacio College

College Park, Dipolog City, Philippines 7100

by Alumni and Public Affairs Office on 02 19th, 2011
 ABCollege hosts OSH Symposium, inks MOA with DOLE

ABCollege hosts OSH Symposium, inks MOA with DOLE

The Andres Bonifacio College through the Safety Engineering Club of the School of Engineering successfully hosted the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) with Employment and Career Guidance Information Symposium last January 20, 2011 at the Amando B. Amatong Civic Center.

With the theme “ABCollege:  Raising Awareness on Occupational Safety and Health with Employment and Career Guidance Information,” the said symposium was held in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through its Provincial Head Mr. Henry P. Tianero and the Zamboanga Peninsula Occupational Safety and Health Network (ZamPen OSHNet). It was attended by faculty members, graduating nursing and engineering students, and student assistants of the College.

Gracing the event are luminaries from the regional and provincial offices of DOLE. Mr. Ian A. Lahi, Head of the DOLE Technical Support and Services Division, the think tank of the department represented Regional Director Ponciano M. Ligutom and gave the keynote speech in behalf of the former. He commended the organizers for hosting such event, the first of its kind in the province. Also present were Engr. Eduardo R. Rivero, President of ZamPen OSHNet and Vice President of Carex Trading based in Zamboanga City who talked on OSH Situationer, Senior Labor Employment Officer Engr. Wesley D. Tan who lectured on the basics of OSH, hazard identification, and fire safety. Engr. Tan also demonstrated the types and the proper use of fire extinguishers.

According to Engr. Alfred Lou A. Saldariega, a faculty member of the School of Engineering and adviser of the Safety Engineering Club, the symposium aims to raise the level of awareness on the various occupational safety and health hazards in the workplace and the safety practices that an institution like Andres Bonifacio College can implement. Safety nowadays is a very important consideration in the operation of any business. In the Philippines, safety standards are set by DOLE through its Occupational Safety and Health Center and are part of the requirements for the accreditation of businesses.

In the afternoon, the graduating students also had to chance to hear insights job preparation, job hunting tips,and illegal recruitment. The DOLE has been maintaining an online application site, the PHILJOBNET.com, wherein applicants can look for available jobs posted by DOLE-accredited local and foreign companies and recruitment agencies. Once the applicants have filled up the online registration form, the site will automatically post their application and match it with the available jobs. This process ensures safer and faster employment of job seekers.

Meanwhile, the Andres Bonifacio College signed a memorandum of agreement with DOLE for the establishment of the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in the institution. Unemployment and underemployment continue to be the two of the most perennial problems among Filipinos. These problems are attributable to many factors among which are inability to generate new jobs, labor market imperfections, and lack of information about labor market supply and demand. Hence, the two institutions have conceptualized employment promotion strategies towards the provision of employment assistance to the students and alumni of ABC through the PESO.

The establishment of PESO in ABCollege will truly help in addressing the urgent need to cushion the effects of the aforementioned problems by developing and implementing various strategies and program for employment. It will also promote the moral and social responsibility of the school in delivering basic services and facilities to its students and alumni, more specifically information and referral services for local and overseas employment and livelihood opportunities. Engineer Jefferson S. Manrique, the Officer-In-Charge of the Alumni and Public Affairs Office, is designated as PESO Manager of the College. He will be working closely with the Department of Labor and Employment in implementing its projects such as the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) and providing assistance to job seekers especially students and alumni of the institution.

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