DOLE-12 rolls out paperless processing of construction safety, health programs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 14 Jan) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 has started the region-wide rollout of a new “paperless” system for the processing of the construction safety and health programs (CHSP) of local construction companies.

Ofelia Domingo, DOLE Region 12 director, said Wednesday the newly-developed online system mainly fast-tracks the application, processing and evaluation of the CHSPs, which is required by the national government for all construction projects.

She said it also covers applications for inclusion in the registry of establishments in Region 12 based on DOLE Rule 1020.

“This is another innovation that we adopted to rationalize the transactions at the regional office and our field units,” she said.

A DOLE briefer said the CHSP refers to a set of rules covering system, processes and practices utilized in a specific construction project site in conformity with the government’s occupational safety and health standards.

It includes the required personnel who shall be responsible in the implementation of the program. It shall be executed and verified by the construction project manager.

Prior to the start of the project, a CSHP must be submitted by the main contractor to the concerned DOLE regional office that has jurisdiction on the work site for evaluation and approval, it added.

Under the online CHSP system, Domingo said DOLE-12 field offices will encode CHSP applications online and immediately process them.

She said local establishments may now easily check the status of their CHSP applications online, specifically their approval.

Aside from the rollout of the online CHSP, the official said she directed their field offices in the region to fully utilize their online labor market facility that is accessible at www.onlinelabormarket.org.ph.

“The system mainly cuts paper utilization on our part and makes all involved transactions less time-consuming,” she said.

DOLE-12 developed and launched last year the online labor market system to ensure the proper monitoring of the area’s labor situation.

It provides an avenue for job seekers and employers to collaborate and be informed about job opportunities that are available in industries, establishments and local government units in the region.

DOLE-12 has made major strides in 2014 in terms of the development of online systems that made their services more efficient and accessible.

The agency earlier unveiled an Internet-based Quality Management System, online portal for registration of workers’ associations and a web-based processing system for its flagship Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES).

Domingo said they adopted the online processing system for SPES to help streamline and further enhance the rollout of the initiative, starting from the registration of student-beneficiaries to the payment of their salaries and benefits.

DOLE-12 is the first-ever region in the country that adopted an online processing system for SPES.

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