Davao City — Safety begins here.

This is the mantra shared by everyone at of the JV Angeles Construction Corporation (JVACC) which led to their feat of two million man-hours safety.

Hedcor’s power plant contractor, JVACC remains firm in its commitment to provide safe and productive working environment since July 2012 when the hydropower plant construction started.

Such good practice would not go noticed, recently the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Davao Region conferred a plaque of recognition to JV Angeles Construction Corporation (JVACC), contractor of Hedcor Tudaya 1 and 2 hydropower plants.

Hecor is a subsidiary of Aboitiz Powers.

“The 2 million Safe Man-hours is the achievement of all of you. I congratulate for keeping this establishment accident-free,” said DOLE Occupational Safety and Health Officer Engr. Yolibelle Aviñante during the awarding ceremony held in Brgy. Astorga. Sta. Cruz Davao del Sur.

The Zero Accident Program under DOLE in collaboration with Occupational Safety and Health Center ensures the promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers in all occupations.

“Since the construction of the 13.6 MW run-of-river hydropower projects in July 2012, no lost time accident was recorded. This milestone demonstrates outstanding efforts to provide safe and healthy working environment,” Hedcor’s assistant vice president for engineering and construction Servillano Haboc said.

“In support to DOLE’s program to zero accidents, Hedcor accounts to the highest standard of safety as it is certified in Occupational Health and Safety (OHSAS 18001:2007) by the International Standard Organization,” he added.

DOLE Davao Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao, for his part said congratulated Hedcor and its contractor in keeping faith that safe and healthy workplaces and employees equate to robust productivity.

“This notable achievement is the result of everyone’s continued commitment to work safely and it shows a positive statement of excellence in carrying out the task safely and professionally,” Suyao said.

Aviñante said JVACC would be a good candidate for the DOLE Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK) Awards.

GKK is a national award given every two years by DOLE in recognition of outstanding achievements and best practices of establishments and individuals on safety control and emergency preparedness; industrial hygiene and occupational health programs; environmental protection, community relations and social accountability programs; capability building on occupational safety and health.

Hedcor has been a recipient of GKK award in 2002 and 2008. In 2010, it also won GKK-Labor Secretary’s Award and the Bureau of Working Conditions’ the Safety Milestone Award.

Sherwin B. Manual/DOLE11