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Water supplier in Carmen, Cebu issued stoppage order by DOLE

 

Cebu City,Philippines.The Cebu-Manila Water Development, Incorporated, water supplier of the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) based in Cantumog, Carmen, Cebu received a stoppage order (WSO) yesterday from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7). 

The issuance of the WSO stemmed from the accident that happened on 30 April 2018, when one of its workers fell into the treatment plant’s lagoon which had a submersible water pump running underwater said DOLE-7 Regional Director, Atty. Alvin M. Villamor. 

Renato Peroso, victim, together with two (2) others were manning the draining of waste in the treatment plant’s lagoon. According to Director Villamor, the results of the DOLE’s Occupational Safety and Health Investigation (OSHI) conducted showed that part of Peroso’s right foot was left inside the pump when the former was pulled out from the lagoon by rescuing co-workers. 

“This is a very unfortunate event. Obviously, there were no guard rails installed on all sides of the lagoon. That facility could have prevented Peroso from falling,” commented Director Villamor, who further said that representatives of the Cebu-Manila Water Development, Inc. would appear at the DOLE Regional Office, today, 10 May, for a mandatory conference. 

Investigation results further showed that management failed to come up with a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) when cleaning the lagoon area with submersible water pumps running. 

Other noted violations under the Occupational Safety and Health Standards included the following, namely: (1) No Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH)-trained safety officer; (2) No Philippine Red Cross-certified first aider; (3) No Rule 1020 registration; (4) No Safety and Health Committee; (5) No policies on Anti-Sexual Harassment, Drug-free Workplace, Hepa B, HIV-AIDS, and Tuberculosis Prevention and Control; (5) No Fire Safety Inspection Certificate; and (6) No emergency medicine available. 

Director Villamor pointed out that all observed violations demonstrated management’s laxity in implementing the Occupational Safety and Health Standards within the work premises, which certainly exposed workers to imminent danger. 

“We don’t want the possibility of the accident recurring so we made sure to serve the work stoppage order immediately after conducting thorough investigation. Beginning yesterday, the Cebu Manila Water Development, Inc. was ordered to cease and desist from its operations at the lagoon area of its treatment plant in Barangay Cantumog,” added the DOLE-7 Head. 

Said establishment is part of the Carmen bulk water supply project that services several households in Central and Northern Cebu with the MCWD being the water distributor. 

“In as much as we don’t want to cause any inconvenience among the clients of said establishment, we also need them to follow what labor laws especially on the aspect of safety require. We just hope that they would be able to rectify noted violations immediately and of course, support the victim for his hospital needs,” he said. 

The DOLE would be coordinating with the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC-REU 7), one of the Department’s attached agencies, for possible assistance that could be extended to the victim.

 

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza

 

For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarlo-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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2018-05-10
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