As advocates of Occupational Safety and Health Standards, the Department of Labor and Employment – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR) continues to strengthen the skills of its personnel through a two-day training/workshop on Fire Safety Management, Good Housekeeping, and Basic First Aid Training, in partnership with the Bureau of Fire Protection-Cordillera (BFP-CAR), and the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-Cordillera (RTWPB-CAR), at The Orchard Hotel last November 16-19, 2021.

An initiative by the Safety and Health Committee of DOLE-CAR, the training raised awareness through capability enhancement to more than 70 participants (held in two separate batches) on common safety and health concerns such as workplace injuries or fire emergencies.

In his opening address, DOLE-CAR Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra, CESO III, emphasized that having practical know-how in responding to emergency situations could preserve the life and limb of people, and minimize damage to property. “It could make a huge difference in the lives of those around you,” RD Lacambra added.

During the first day’s initial lecture, Senior Fire Officer I (SFO I) Leo A. Mendoza of the BFP-CAR provided relevant information on the nature and behavior of fire. He likewise instructed the attendees on the proper responses and procedures during fire emergencies.

He emphasized that awareness on fire safety and preparedness are essential not just at the workplace, but also at home. He stressed that, “Preparedness starts with being calm and properly trained.”

Atty. Myrene Bosleng (for the first batch) and Atty. Marvie Fulgencio (for the second batch) of the RTWPB-CAR conducted an interesting and innovative educational session focused on the 7-S of Good Housekeeping.

The 7S (Sort, Systematize, Sweep, Standardize, Self-Discipline, Safety, Sustain) are important tools in improving productivity and work efficiency, especially under the present circumstances.

The first day’s training concluded with the participants joining practical exercises on fire-mitigation or using fire extinguishers on different burning materials.

The second day’s trainings on basic occupational first-aid intervention was again spearheaded by SFO I Mendoza, who guided the participants in performing a cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic patient transport, and bandaging techniques using a cravat (triangular cloth bandage) or elastic bandages.


All attendees were given an opportunity to apply their learnings on the different sessions during that second day, and everyone expressed their readiness in the event these situations arise.

The training served as an avenue for capability-building, and will form part of the individual’s essential life-skills.

END//Daryll Ponard //photocredits: Ms. Wendy Salada