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Poultry farm construction owner to face DOLE

 

Cebu City, Philippines.  The owner of a Pinamungajan-based poultry farm construction involved in a fatal accident last week, is set to appear today at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) to show proof of corrections of violations noted, DOLE-7 OIC-Regional Director Cyril L. Ticao announced this morning. 

Mr. Neil Sajuela, owner of the poultry farm construction in Sibago-Lamac, Pinamungajan, Cebu, received the work stoppage order yesterday, 10 April, and was called for a mandatory conference at the DOLE Regional Office scheduled at 1:00 P.M. today. 

It can be recalled that on 4 April, two (2) welders and the project’s contractor died after the steel bar matting collapsed while there were preparatory works or welding works done for the foundation of the poultry farm’s column bars. 

“In the Occupational Safety and Health Investigation that we conducted, we found out that the construction project had no standard operating procedure on excavation works. Workers were allowed to work inside the excavated area without appropriate excavation protection such those as for proper shoring and timbering,” revealed Director Ticao. 

The DOLE-approved Construction Safety and Health Program (CSHP) was not also presented during the investigation. Also non-existing were a DOLE-trained Safety Officer, Safety and Health Committee, Administrative Reports on Safety and Health, Construction Heavy Equipment Operator’s Certificate, and Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) license. 

Apart from the deficiencies under the Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS), added Director Ticao, the DOLE would also look into owner’s violations under the General Labor Standards (GLS). 

During the mandatory conference, proof of corrections would also be asked for the following: (a) Underpayment of minimum wage; (b) Non-payment of regular holiday and premium pay on a special holiday; (c) Coverage and remittances on Social Welfare Benefits; (d) Employment records such as payroll and pays lips; and (d) Contract agreement between the owner and the contractor. 

The operations at the construction site, the DOLE-7 Head said, could not resume unless all noted violations have been rectified. 

 

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza 

For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel Senarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com


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