QUEZON CITY, Feb. 27 (PIA)-Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Wednesday introduced to the public DOLE's first-ever celebrity ambassadors who will help the agency in promoting information campaign on the prevention of occupational diseases.
Bello said having Occupational Safety & Health Ambassadors is relevant to raise public awareness on the enactment of the OSH law and the issuance of several department orders and labor advisories in the country.
"I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to television network GMA 7, for extending their valuable support to the OSH advocacy," Bello said.
"Their celebrities Ms. Lexi Gonzales and Mr. Kim De Leon has consented to help us share the vital OSH information for the Filipinos," Bello added.
According to the labor chief, celebrities have the capacity to influence the behavior of the Filipinos especially on the OSH issues.
He added that the information drive through the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), the department's attached agency, will be focusing on the conduct of the preventive measures to protect and save the workers from occupational accidents and work-related injuries.
Bello said it is necessary in all business establishments to be conscious of the law and be serious in implementing the standards of law.
Meanwhile, OSH Center Executive Director Noel Binag expressed hope that the OSH campaign through the help of the new ambassadors will be successful.
"Our OSH ambassadors can greatly influence the Filipinos to value OSH as their right, responsibility, priority and a key to continue providing for their families," he said.
The DOLE-OSH slated several forms of advertisement to promote information on occupational safety and health, including OSH training and education as well as other inter-governmental programs and activities.
The celebrity ambassadors also expressed their eagerness to help in the promotion occupational health and safety program of the government.
"We hope to influence the Filipinos to have a safe and healthy workplace. We hope to reach and inform those who are not yet aware of OSH and I promise to give my best to influence every Filipino especially the youth on safety and health awareness," Kim de Leon said.
"Since I was a child, I wanted to have a purpose and to influence a lot of people especially the youth. This is a huge opportunity for me to do that. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to do good and impart good cause to the society," Lexi Gonzales said.
The project is part of the OSHC's Vision 1 Million program which aims to develop at least 1 million OSH champions who will follow and help develop OSH programs and policies and ensure the implementation of the provisions of the OSH law in their own workplaces. (PIA-NCR)