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RCWESTCDO steps up vax drive to protect workers

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Geared towards protecting the region’s workforce, the Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-10 and Department of Health (DOH)-10 held the ‘BIDA Bakuna Para sa Manggagawa: A Vaccinated Work Force for Nation Rebuild’ webinar, August 20.
 
“The Department of Labor and Employment of Region 10 would like to extend our full support to these noble undertakings. The campaign, which aims to inform, educate, and engage our labor force in promoting the vaccination drive and other related policies to mitigate the COVID-19, indeed is very important to ensure the health and safety of our country’s labor force,” DOLE-10 Assistant Regional Director Estrella Pahalla said. 
 
She further added that the activity also supports the BIDA Solusyon sa COVID-19 campaign of the Department of Health (DOH), which aims to encourage the Filipino people to take an active role in the fight against the pandemic, and encourage change in behavior and mindset among the target audience. 
 
Fostering healthy workplace
 
Emphasizing the great role of the workers in still delivering services and results amid the current health crisis, Engr. Colsid-Rey Tubiano of DOLE-10 highlighted the programs and services that should be observed by companies to protect the safety and health of workers in the workplace.
 
He reiterated the DOH’s call on observing the minimum public health standards, especially the wearing of face masks and face shields at all times. “Most-at-risk population for COVID-19 in the workplace and those below 21 years old, shall continue to observe work-from-home arrangements. When needed to occasionally report to work, they shall be allowed to, provided a certificate of fit to work is secured from OSH (Occupational Safety and Health Standards) personnel and must stay in the workplace only for a specified number of hours,” Tubiano added.
 
Establishments and offices must also ensure contact tracing means to help prevent and contain the spread of the virus in the workplace. In addition to those who use the contactless forms, Tubiano said such should be handled with the utmost confidentiality and securely disposed of after 30 days. 
 
DOLE also takes part in the implementation of the Safety Seal Certification, which is a voluntary certification scheme that affirms that an establishment is compliant with the minimum public health standards set by the government and uses or integrates its contact tracing with StaySafe.ph.


The department issues the Safety Seal for the manufacturing, construction sites, utilities (electric, water, gas, air conditioning supply, sewerage, waste management), information and communication companies (private publication, news, movie production, TV and radio companies), and warehouses.

The virus and its containment
 
Briefly discussing the characteristics of COVID-19, Dr. Dures Fe Tagayuna, a pediatric surgeon in Cagayan de Oro, said the virus needs a human cell to develop itself. Thus, if people are wary enough to strictly observe the health protocols, the virus may die out naturally. 
 
She added that inside a virus, there are molecules called nucleotides, which form different combinations and these often cause the changes in the components of the virus. “Sometimes, the variations can make the virus a tiny bit stronger-better at transmitting, more dangerous, or more resistant to the immune system. These strains can thrive,” Tagayuna said.
 
Previously, the common symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, tiredness, loss of taste or smell yet these have changed through time to headache, sore throat, runny nose, fever, and persistent cough. Moreover, with the Delta variant, the original 15-minute transmissibility has increased to 15 seconds, and one person could infect 5-8 other persons. 
 
In fighting such, Tagayuna said it is very important to observe proper handwashing, of at least 20 seconds, since COVID-19 has a lipid membrane, “Meaning, fatty membrane. ‘Pag tinamaan siya ng sabon (If the soap hits it), the foam of the soap, nadi-disintegrate siya (the virus will disintegrate); that can protect us.”
 
Aside from wearing of face masks and face shields, proper handwashing or sanitation, and social distancing, Dr. Wellaflor Brito of DOH-10 said vaccination further protects people from experiencing severe effects of COVID-19. 
 
“Local Vaccination Operations Centers shall ensure the functionality of an AEFI (Adverse Event Following Immunization) Investigation Team that shall conduct timely and comprehensive AEFI investigations following the standard epidemiological investigation principles to be continually reviewed based on guidance from the World Health Organization, with expert recommendations from the National AEFI Committee,” Brito said.
 
She cited such efforts of the government to address hesitancy on COVID-19 vaccines and further added that they meet every third Thursday of the month to conduct the final causality assessment.
 
As of August 20, DOH-10 has already administered 1,006,936 jabs of which 475,685 are already fully vaccinated. Of the said number, Bukidnon already inoculated 249,598, Camiguin (20,750), Lanao del Norte (158,752) including Iligan with 64,109, Misamis Occidental (149,270), Misamis Oriental (426,523) including Cagayan de Oro with 261,537.
Highlighting these key concerns, the Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro conducted the webinar as response to the growing need of protecting various sectors of the community. 
 
“As the backbone of the country’s economy, every member of the Philippine labor force should be healthy and safe. One way of protecting their health during this time of pandemic is vaccination. All of us need to be healthy as we move on to rebuild our country,” RCWESTCDO Service Projects-A Director Lawyer Maria Gloria Tango said. (RTP/PIA-10)