Haskell team members and SOPI officials pictured are, from left. Ricardo V. Salanda Jr. Vice Chairman of the Board, SOPI Director In-Charge, Construction Safety Division; Mark Rogio, Haskell Safety Coordinator; Jerry Aviso, Haskell Safety Coordinator; Mark Agustin, Haskell Safety Coordinator; Divina Alapide, Nurse, Jeffrey Acosta, Regional Safety Supervisor; Rogelio F. Fornal of Trustee, SOPI.

May 1, 2024

Multiple Philippine Awards Shine a Light on Global Safety Leadership

Learn how Haskell's dedication to safety transcended language barriers and led to millions of hours worked without injury on JCLDS Temple projects.


Haskell once again has received multiple awards for the exemplary safety records of its teams constructing temples for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (JCLDS) in the Philippines.

Temple projects in Bacolod, Urdaneta, Alabang and Davao each received honors from the Safety Organization of the Philippines, Inc. (SOPI) and the Philippines Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE):

  • The Bacolod project achieved 1.01 million safe work hours without a lost-time accident from October 2022 to April 2024. It was honored for its Perfect Safety Record and received the Award of Merit.
  • The Urdaneta project achieved 7.10 million safe work hours without a lost-time accident from November 2020 to March 2024, was honored for its Perfect Safety Record and received the Award of Excellence.
  • The Alabang project achieved 2.26 million safe work hours without a lost-time accident from June 2023 to March 2024 and received the Award of Merit.
  • The Davao project achieved 4.57 million safe work hours without a lost-time accident from November 2020 to March 2024, was honored for its Perfect Safety Record and received the Award of Honor.

“This is a significant accomplishment,” said Jim O’Leary, Haskell Chairman, CEO and President. “I appreciate the focus and dedication to safety that all of you continue to demonstrate.  Safety is core to Haskell and truly defines who we are as an organization.”

International Safety Manager Cesar Castro credited the performance of each project site to the implementation and monitoring of Haskell’s structured safety program.

“I remember when we arrived in the Philippines in 2018, the person who met us at the airport told us, ‘The country has a rich cultural and linguistic diversity, with more than 170 different languages spoken throughout the archipelago,’” Castro said. “I couldn't think of anything but the strategy we would use in communication, as the operations supervisors of the contract partners speak English, but the workers speak those 170 different languages.

“I am very proud of what the Haskell team has achieved in the Philippines over the years. We have impacted families with our safety culture, overcoming all language barriers. I congratulate the Safety team led by Jeffrey Acosta Regional Safety Supervisor. “We are contributing to everyone involved in Haskell projects having the best job of their lives.”

SOPI recognizes companies that achieve excellent safety performance with no lost time accidents. DOLE enforces strict and continual compliance with the minimum public health standards (MPHS) in business establishments, construction sites and prominent public places.

Haskell’s temple job sites have received DOLE’s Safety Seal Certificates in consecutive years.

“This recognition from the Philippine Safety Organization and DOLE is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Philippines team, whose commitment to maintaining rigorous safety standards has set a benchmark across all our projects,” said Brian Roundtree, Haskell Director of Safety. “The efforts have not only safeguarded our team, contractors, and clients but have also solidified our standing as a trailblazer in safety in the Philippines and beyond. This accolade is a significant milestone for Haskell and serves as a compelling motivation for us all to continue striving for excellence in safety practices.”

Haskell’s safety culture is one way it ensures the greatest possible risk management on its clients’ projects. Contact our project management team to discuss your facilities needs.

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