The Department of Science and Technology XI was conferred the Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK) Silver Award by the Department of Labor and Employment for the Agency’s outstanding achievements in responding to the safety and health needs in the workplace.
The GKK is a national award given biennially to establishments with exemplary Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) practices as deliberated by a selection committee from DOLE.
According to DOLE, DOST XI was the only government agency that was able to pass the validation all over the Philippines. The Agency was commended after leading the vaccination program of government employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, developing a pandemic manual, and having an internal system to monitor the health of each employee, which also hailed them as the regional winner in Davao.
DOST XI Regional Director Dr. Anthony Sales expressed gratitude to everyone behind the recognition and acknowledged all the employees who thrived hard to ensure that the OHS practices are implemented properly.
“Over the years, we have worked collectively in the continuous improvement of our OHS measures to protect our employees and customers from safety and health hazards. We have further strengthened our measures during the last few years to fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Sales added.
The GKK Silver Award is a testament to DOST XI’s firm commitment to promoting and implementing OSH practices for the well-being of their employees, which are vital for a more effective and efficient public service.