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DOLE-10 cites 'no vax, no work' guidelines

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)--Further ensuring safety of workers under new normal, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-10 held a press conference, November 26 where they cited the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) issuance 148-B that mandates employers to have their workers vaccinated, which is applicable to workers eligible for vaccination. 

DOLE-10 Technical Service and Support Division (TSSD) Director Atheneus Vasallo said if the worker refused to be vaccinated, that will be respected, but the law under the IATF resolution requires all workers, who are not vaccinated, to subject themselves to reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing prior to entry in the workplace effective December 1, 2021.

Albert Gutib, DOLE-10 regional director, added that the RT-PCR testing can be scheduled regularly at least once every two weeks. 

For workers on special arrangements, he said RT-PCR testing is not required from those who are on work from home arrangement or those who would want to utilize their substantial leave credits.

He also stressed that employees should not be terminated if they are not vaccinated against COVID-19. 

For those with health considerations, thus, are not eligible for vaccination, only the presentation of a medical clearance issued by the municipal or provincial health office shall be considered. 

For religious concerns, Vasallo said they respect religious practice, beliefs but they also reminded the public that everyone should also have to comply with what is required by the law.

To support those who are willing to be vaccinated, Gutib said all workers with vaccination scheduled during work hours shall not be considered absent during the said period. 

"As to the legal framework, this issuance of IATF is based on Section 15 of the Constitution or the right to health then came along the right of the congress in certain circumstances of which they may delegate the power to the preside to carry out policies," Lawyer Amor Bajarla of DOLE-10 said. (RTP/PIA-10)

DOLE-10 holds a press conference, November 26 to cite the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) issuance 148-B that mandates employers to have their workers vaccinated, which is applicable to workers eligible for vaccination. (DOLE-10)

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