SafeYouth@Work Event

Tripartite Consultations on the Gap Analysis of Key ILO Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Conventions

The SafeYouth@Work Project, in collaboration with the Institute for Labour Studies (ILS), embarked on tripartite consultations on the initial results of the Gap Analysis of Key ILO OSH Conventions. During the tripartite consultation workshops convened in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, the ILS presented the current gaps of national laws and practice vis-a-vis key ILO OSH conventions particularly Convention No. 155 (the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981), Recommendation No. 164 (the Occupational Safety and Health Recommendation, 1981), and the Protocol of 2002 to the Occupational Safety and Health Convention (P. No. 155). Discussions also focused on the status of ratification by the Philippines of Convention No. 187 (the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006).

A total of 105 representatives from government, employers and workers' organizations, as well as those coming from the academe and safety organizations, attended the tripartite island-wide consultations which were held on the following dates and venues: Luzon - July 27, 2017 in Clark, Pampanga; Mindanao - July 31, 2017 in General Santos City and Visayas - August 2, 2017 in Cebu City. In addition to the presentation of the initial report on the gap analysis prepared by ILS, input presentations during these events also included an overview of the key ILO OSH conventions as presented by Mr Jajoon Coue of the Decent Work Team in Bangkok, and updates on national OSH policies presented by the Bureau of Working Conditions. Common to all the participants was the recognition that it is timely and relevant for the Philippines to address the current gaps on OSH laws and practices taking note of the international standards particularly those that define the fundamental OSH principles. Participants also acknowledged the importance of the consultations noting the on-going legislative efforts for the passage of a bill on occupational safety and health as well as the much-needed review of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards. In response to the gaps identified, participants shared recommendations such as fast-tracking the ratification of Convention No. 187; improving the coordination among government agencies mandated to implement OSH-related policies and programmes; and using tripartite mechanisms as the preferred venue for OSH policy-making. Funding for this series of activities was provided by the United States Department of Labor.