The City of VALENZUELA has become the first Local Government Unit (LGU) to adopt the Healthy Workplaces: #WorkTBFree initiative of the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Health (DoH).
With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAid), the #WorkTBFree initiative includes online tools to help human resources and workplace safety managers design, implement, and monitor workplace tuberculosis (TB) programs.
Valenzuela City Mayor Wesley “Wes” Gatchalian has pledged his support to make factories and commercial establishments certified TB-free workplaces. City health officer Marthony Basco highlighted the local health system’s commitment to working with businesses to prevent the spread of TB in the workplace.
“TB services are free, including chest X-ray screening and medication for treatment,” Basco said.
Meanwhile, USAid Director of Health Michelle Lang-Alli said, “We hope these learning tools will help the corporate sector in the city of Valenzuela find and treat workers with tuberculosis as part of our goal to maintain healthy workplaces.”
Rosalind Vianzon, director of the DoH’s Healthy Workplaces and Environments Division, also stressed the need to promote healthy practices to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
“At DoH, we view a healthy workplace as a process of continuous improvement that promotes the adoption of healthy practices [such as] injury and violence prevention, mental health and environmental health,” says Vianzon.
Since 2014, the local council of the city of Valenzuela has adopted numerous ordinances to enjoin different stakeholders as partners in the fight against tuberculosis in the city.