Metro Manila to host Healthy Workplaces Summit in June

The Department of Health – Metro Manila Center for Health Development (DOH-MMCHD) conducts “Health and Wellness at Work” activity to holistically promote employee well-being. (Photo Courtesy: MMCHD)

QUEZON CITY, (PIA) — The Metro Manila Center for Health Development (MMCHD) is inviting representatives and stakeholders from workplaces across the region to participate in the “Healthy Workplaces Summit” on June 13, 2024.

The summit, scheduled to be held at the Manila Grand Opera Hotel in Manila, aims to bring together human resource managers, safety officers, and other concerned stakeholders involved in implementing health promotion initiatives in the workplace. 

A total of 819 workplaces from both the public and private sectors in Metro Manila has been initially targeted for the summit. 

The participants will primarily have the opportunity to learn about the “Healthy Workplaces F.I.T.-ool (Formalizing the Intention Tool)” and implement the different strategies according to the seven (7) health priority areas as laid out in the Health Promotion Strategic Framework (HPFS). 

These include the need to enable improved nutrition and increased physical activity, minimize environmental and climate impacts on health, reduce deaths and disabilities that are attributable to vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs), prevent substance abuse, increase psychosocial and mental well-being, promote positive reproductive behavior, and foster safe and inclusive communities.

“The event encourages collaboration between management and employees to foster a culture of prevention and establish healthy work environments,” said MMCHD Director Rio L. Magpantay. 

In particular, the HPFS described a healthy workplace as a workplace in which the workers and managers continuously work together towards improving the protection and promotion of worker health, safety, well-being, as well as the sustainability of the workplace. 

The summit aligns with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Civil Service Commission (CSC) Joint Administrative Order No. 2023-0001, which promotes the creation and strengthening of Healthy Workplaces and identify the vital role of stakeholders in setting the direction for the establishment of health-enabling, health-supporting settings. 

The HPFS, mandated by the Universal Health Care Law (RA 11223), also anchors the creation of healthy cities and healthy learning institutions apart from healthy workplaces. 

For more details, the MMCHD Health Promotion Unit can be reached by emailing [email protected].

The summit highlights efforts to improve employee well-being and create healthier work environments within Metro Manila. It is a significant step towards achieving a Healthy Pilipinas characterized by health-smart populations and health-supporting governance. (PIA-NCR)

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