The Boy Scouts of the Philippines, in partnership with the International Labour Organization is currently holding a Workshop on the Development of a Specialized Occupational Safety and Health Badge at Le Monet Hotel, Baguio City.
The workshop gathered key members of the Program Task Group, as well as members of the Program Research and Development Unit of the Field Operations of the BSP National Office and partners from the ILO. Personnel and technical experts from the DOLE Occupational Safety and Health Center and the Department of Education also attended the event.
The partnership is in line with ILO’s project on Building a Generation of Safe and Healthy Workers – SafeYouth@Work funded by the US Department of Labor. In the Philippines, the project seeks to mainstream the concept of occupational safety and health to the youth and the young people, either in community or school-based setting. The BSP is currently developing a specialized badge on occupational safety and health, as well as integrating basic OSH concepts in its Progressive Scheme and the Badge System. This comes after the Program Committee of the National Executive Board introduced livelihood and career electives in the badge system in the ongoing revision of the Scout Advancement, making it imperative for the young people to be technically equipped with knowledge on occupational safety and health.
At present, the BSP has a safety badge which is limited to one’s personal safety, safety at home and at the meeting place, and for cases of fire and road or railway crossing. With the partnership for the SafeYouth@Work Project, there is further opportunity to further internalize on key points on occupational safety and health.