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OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAMS

I. Background/Description

The program addresses the incidence of occupational diseases and work-related diseases and injuries
among workers through health promotion and protection in all workplaces. It initially focuses on public
health workers and informal sector workers including, but not limited to those in agriculture, transport,
and small-scale mining. It aims to improve workers’ access to basic occupational health services at the
local level.

II. Vision

“Healthy Filipino Workforce”

III. Mission

 Direct, harmonize and converge all efforts in occupational disease prevention and control; and
 Ensure equitable, accessible and efficient health services to workers
 Establish dynamic partnership, shared advocacy, responsibility and accountability

IV. Objectives/Goals

By 2022, reduce the number of occupational diseases and injuries by 30% from the 2015
baseline as identified in the Occupational Health and Safety Profile of the Philippines.

V. Program Components

1. Policies / Guidelines / Standards Development


2. Capacity Building
3. Technical Assistance
4. Research
5. Communication and Promotion
6. Advocacy and Lobbying
7. Monitoring and Evaluation
8. Human Resource Development
9. Information Management

VI. Target Population/Client


 Informal Sector Workers (ISW) consisting of Agricultural Workers, Small-scale Miners, and
Transport Group
 Public Health Workers (PHW)

VII. Area of Coverage

SSMCHealth, Inc. Units/Hospitals


VIII. Partner Institutions

 Inter-Agency Committee on Environmental Health (IACEH)

- Occupational Health Sector

- Toxic and Hazardous Substances Sector

 Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)

- Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC)

- Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC)

 Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

- Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)

- Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB)

 Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC)


 Department of Energy (DOE)

- Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB)

 Civil Service Commission (CSC)


 UP College of Public Health
 UP-PGH National Poison Management Control Center
 Philippine College of Occupational Medicine
 Occupational Health Nurses Association of the Phils.

IX. Policies and Laws

 1961, Administrative Order No. 63 “Industrial Hygiene Code”


 1975, Presidential Decree No. 856 Code on Sanitation of the Philippines (Chapter VII – Industrial
Hygiene)
 1987, Philippine Constitution of 1987 (Article II, Section 15)
 2008, Joint Administrative Order between DTI-DENR-DA-DOF-DOH-DILG-DOLE-DOTC No. 01
“The Adoption and Implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and
Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)”
 2012, DOH Administrative Order No. 2012-0020 “Guidelines Governing the Occupational Health
and Safety of Public Health Workers”
 2013, DOH Administrative Order No. 2013-0018 “National Occupational Health Policy for the
Informal Mining, Transport and Agricultural Sectors”
 2013, DOH Administrative Order No. 2013-0009 “National Chemical Safety Management and
Toxicology Policy
 2013, DOH Department Personnel Order No. 2013-3584 “Designation of Undersecretaries and
Assistant Secretaries as Heads of Technical and Operations Cluster for Kalusugang
Pangkalahatan, the Occupational Health and Safety Committee for the Department of Health
and other Attached Agencies” and its Reconstitution DPO No. 2014-2282 and 2014-2282-A
“Reconstitution of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee for the Department of Health
and other Attached Agencies”

X. Strategies and Action Points

Environmental and Occupational Health Strategic Plan 2017-2022

XII. Timeline/Calendar of Activities

 Every May 7 – Health Workers’ Day (Republic Act No. 10069)


 Every 4th Week of June - National Poison Prevention Week (Proclamation No. 1777, series of
2009)