Province of North Sulawesi initiates to establish the Provincial OSH Council

The ILO works hand in hand with the Ministry of Manpower and the National OSH Council (DK3N) to support the establishment of the Provincial OSH Council (DK3P) in North Sulawesi as part of the effort to strengthen Indonesia’s OSH culture and system.

News | Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia | 05 June 2023
Women workers in the fish processing sector in Manado, North Sulawesi.
The Province of North Sulawesi, supported by the ILO’s Improving Workers’ Rights in Rural Sectors for the Indo-Pacific with a focus on Women project, initiated the establishment of the Provincial Occupational Safety and Health Council (DK3P) on 31 May to provide legislative advice and amendments on OSH related matters to the Provincial Government of North Sulawesi.

The initiation was in line with the Manpower Ministerial Decree No. 18/2016 on OSH Council. The Decree highlighted that to support the implementation of government’s OSH policies and regulations nationwide, it is a necessity to establish the National OSH Council (DK3N) at the national level and DK3P at the provincial level.

Through the DK3P, OSH issues will also be the priority not only at the national level but, most importantly, at the provincial level."

Hery Sutanto, Director of OSH Development of the Ministry of Manpower
The DK3P of North Sulawesi Province will be chaired by the Head of the Provincial Manpower and Transmigration Officer of North Sulawesi that will be regulated under the Governor Decree. The DK3P will consist of three commissions: 1. Commission on Information and Education; 2. Commission on OSH Research and Development; and 3. Commission on Partnership and Public Relations. Each commission will have five members consisting of a tripartite representative.

Hery Sutanto, Director of OSH Development of the Ministry of Manpower, congratulated the Province of North Sulawesi for this initiative. In his remarks, he emphasized the importance of defining sound OSH prevention practices and interventions in the workplace to strengthen the protection of workers, businesses and the communities.

The DK3P provides a venue for relevant stakeholders to work together in achieving the top developmental priority to enhance decent employment opportunities and local economic growth that, in turn, will contribute to the national economy."

Rahel Rotinsulu, Acting Head of the North Sulawesi Manpower and Transmigration Office
“A strong and resilient OSH system not only protects workers, businesses, and communities from harm, but it can also provide tangible economic benefits. Thus, through the DK3P, OSH issues will also be the priority not only at the national level but, most importantly, at the provincial level,” he stated.

“The initiative to establish DK3P in North Sulawesi Province marks our solid commitment to protect not only the safety of workers, but also the continuity of businesses. The DK3P provides a venue for relevant stakeholders to work together in achieving the top developmental priority to enhance decent employment opportunities and local economic growth that, in turn, will contribute to the national economy,” remarked Rahel Rotinsulu, Acting Head of the North Sulawesi Manpower and Transmigration Office.

The ILO is going to conduct a series of forums to strengthen social dialogues and labour standards on OSH and gender-responsive work practices in the rural sectors."

Januar Rustandie, ILO’s Coordinator for Workers’ Rights Project
The economy of North Sulawesi Province is mainly supported by the transport, service and agriculture sectors employing a considerable portion of workers in rural areas – in which many of them face decent work deficits such as inadequate safety at work.

Meanwhile, Januar Rustandie, ILO’s Coordinator for Workers’ Rights Project, underscored the commitment of the ILO to support the Ministry of Manpower and DK3N to strengthen the capacities of OSH councils at the provincial level. “The ILO is going to conduct a series of forums to strengthen social dialogues and labour standards on OSH and gender-responsive work practices in the rural sectors,” explained Januar.

The initiation of DK3P Sulawesi Utara has been witnessed by 40 tripartite stakeholders and other relevant stakeholders.

The ILO’s Improving Workers’ Rights in Rural Sectors for the Indo-Pacific with a focus on Women project, funded by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL), aims to improve the capacity of government, employers’ and workers' organizations to promote compliance with labour standards, OSH and gender equality. The project works in palm oil and fish processing sectors with intervention areas in the province of North Sulawesi, Maluku, Riau and East Kalimantan.