Photo Gallery: OSHA, Wage and Hour Forge Partnerships with Philippine Consulates
(November 14, 2013)
OSHA Regional Administrator Ken Atha (far right), together with Deputy Regional Administrator Barbara Goto and Susana Blanco, director of the Wage and Hour Division's San Francisco District Office, led the DOL delegation signing agreements at the San Francisco Philippine Consulate. Also pictured is William Tamayo, regional attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (far left).
OSHA and Cal-OSHA teamed up to offer outreach materials and information. Left to right: Juan Calderon, district manager of the San Francisco District Office of Cal/OSHA, Alvan Phillip, OSHA's Oakland Area Office, and David Moon, OSHA Region IX.
Consul General in San Francisco Marciano A. Paynor Jr. highlighted that the Philippines is the first Asian nation to enter into agreements with DOL during his address to his fellow consuls and consular staff, DOL staff and representatives from the Filipino community.
OSHA's Atha shares his connection to the Filipino community growing up in Hawaii, including sharing memories of his Filipino grandfather.
Blanco said that in the last three years, her agency has concluded more than 2000 investigations in the residential care industry, an industry with a significant number of Filipino workers, resulting in more than $13.8 million in back wages for over 17,000 workers nationwide.
Representatives from the four consulate offices, OSHA and Wage and Hour formally sign agreements to promote training and outreach for Filipino workers. Left to Right: Consul General in San Francisco Marciano A. Paynor Jr.; Consul General in Honolulu Julius D. Torres; Consul General in Agana, Guam, Bayani V. Mangibin; Consul General in Los Angeles Maria Hellen M. Barber-de la Vega, OSHA's Atha and Goto, WHD's Blanco.
Consul General in San Francisco Marciano A. Paynor Jr. and San Francisco District Office Director Susana Blanco sign the agreement for collaboration with the Wage and Hour Division.
Consul General Paynor Jr. and OSHA Regional Administrator Atha seal their agreement with a warm handshake.
Consul General Paynor Jr., Consul General Mangibin, Consul General Torres, OSHA's Atha, Consul General Barber-de la Vega, OSHA's Goto, and Wage and Hour's Blanco conclude signing of agreements to work together to help Filipino workers in areas served by all of the consular offices represented.
Herbert Lee of the Wage and Hour Division's Honolulu office (right) explains services to Philippine Consul Roberto T. Bernardo (center), with OSHA's Honolulu Area Director Galen Blanton (left) at the Philippine Consulate in Honolulu.
Tony Sholing from OSHA's Honolulu Area Office explained OSHA's protections for the many workers from the Philippines living and working in Guam.
Patrick Candoleta, who heads the Guam office of the Wage and Hour Division, talked about pay and other worker protections provided by the laws administered by his agency.
Raj Sundram, OSHA's Honolulu Area Office, shared information on OSHA's alliance with the United Filipino Organization and the Marianas Association of Filipino Engineers and Architects in Saipan.