Subic Bay Freeport Zone – Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Philippines, Inc. (HHIC-Phil) on Friday, February 17, 2012 achieved yet another significant milestone in its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) when it inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Department of Labor and Employment.
The MOU is in line with DOLE’s KAPATIRAN-WISE-TAV program of pursuing a culture of compliance by the business sector with labor standards and of occupational health and safety standards, which is very crucial in maintaining high productivity and quality at the workplace – especially in the face of technological advancement, modernization and globalization.
Under the MOU, singed by DOLE Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz and HHIC-Phil President Ahn Jin Kyu, the giant Korean shipbuilder shall assume the role of “big brother” by sharing its best safety and health practices among its shipbuilding subcontractors who are referred to as small brothers, while the DOLE thru the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) will provide technical and advisory guidance.
In a broad perspective, the MOU reflects public-private partnership that is being initiated by the Aquino Administration – wherein the private sector is encouraged to actively participate in various government projects that have significant impact on national development.
HHIC-Phil President Ahn delivered a message in which he commended DOLE leadership for coming up with a relevant program as embodied in the MOU. He expressed optimism that the MOU would further strengthen the partnership between DOLE, HHIC-Phil and its subcontractors in keeping a safe working environment.
In her keynote speech, DOLE Secretary Baldoz underscored the importance of the MOU as part of the government’s continuing effort in promoting and ensuring compliance with the existing labor law, rules and regulations.
The momentous event was graced by BWC Director Brenda Villafuerte, DOLE Regional III Director Raymundo Agravante, DOLE Regional III Assistant Director Geraldine Panlilio, and Labor Communication Director Nicon Fameronag, and other technical and administrative personnel of the DOLE and BWC.
Also in attendance were HHIC-Phil senior officials led by Executive Director for Production Division, Jang Chang Keun; Senior Managing Director for Administration Division, Chung Hwag Eun; Managing Director for External Trade Team, Yoo Taek Kyun; and Managing Director for HSE Division, Lee Jin Kyu.
Shipbuilding subcontractors’ representatives including Subic Shipbuilder Corporation President Jin Young Cheol were likewise present during the MOU signing.
HHIC-Phil maintains and operates a 300-hectare world-class shipyard at the Subic Bay the Freeport Zone.
It is the single biggest foreign-direct-investor to date through the company’s infusion of almost two billion dollars worth of investment for its Subic shipyard, which is currently home to more than 18,000 skilled workers from all over the archipelago and has generated about US$1 Billion in export sales last year.
With HHIC-Phil’s unprecedented feat in its core business in the Freeport since its commercial operation in 2008, the Philippines is now ranked 4th among the top shipbuilding countries in the world today.