8 August 2011
As the bulk of labor participation in the Philippines pegs at 39.691 million in April 2011 according to National Statistics Office and the percentage of the companies that comply with Occupational Health and Safety standards remain high just like the mammoth shipbuilding company Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Phils. Inc. (HHICPI) which continues to subject its 21, 000 strong shipbuilders in an unsafe working conditions bringing the total number of accidents at twenty five (25) in 5 months and the death toll at 32.
The young people deem that it is high time to collectively act and bring into the doorsteps of the government agencies their demand to resolve the plaguing problem of workplace safety.
BWI (Building and Woodworkers International) affiliates in the Philippines alongside other youth organizations will hold a caravan from the House of Representatives to the Occupational Health and Safety Center (OHSC) on August 12, 2011.
The group will travel from the House of Representative at 12:00 o’clock, pass by the Wildlife at 1:00pm for a short program. Afterwards, youths wearing workman’s clothes bringing a large replica of a shipping vessel will lead the march towards the OHSCenter for the final program.