Analysis of Gaps Among Stakeholders of occupational Health and Safety in the Philippines
Objective. Increase of occupational injuries, accidents or diseases, has become a global trend. Implementation of programs on Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) programs are weak, however. Strengthening the OHS, stakeholders and their constituents must take the driver’s seat for policy formulation program development and services. This study determined the gaps of the OHS stakeholders in the Philippines.
Methods. Data were gathered through review of relevant documents, series of key informant interviews and a workshop.
Results and Conclusions. The investigators were able to identify 27 stakeholders. Results showed gaps that focused mainly on governance. These include: (1) lack of a dedicated national agency that will oversee all OHS initiatives across industries and sectors; (2) inadequate awareness on OHS mandate of some agencies; (3) unclear delineation of roles and responsibilities among stakeholders; (4) poor coordination among government agencies; and (5) poor enforcement of OHS legislations. These gaps should be addressed to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the policies.