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DOLE to probe HTI compliance with general labor rules, OSHS

MANILA — The investigating team of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it will look into the compliance of the House Technology Industries (HTI) with both general labor and occupational health and safety standards (OSHS).
According to DOLE Usec. Joel Manglungsod, head of the investigation team, they would also look into the salary of the workers, security of tenure, among others.
"Ang investigation natin kasama na rin yung kabuan in the sense hindi lang natin ililimit sa inspection ng OHSS. Kasama na rin yung general labor standards halimbawa, sahod ng manggagawa. security of tenure, right to self organization," he said in an interview.
The DOLE official added, "In the meantime, iniisa-isa muna natin. Nag-prioritization tayo."
On Feb. 8, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III thru Administrative Order 32 constituting a DOLE Investigation Team for the conduct of Occupational Safety and Health Investigation to determine the compliance of HTI with OSHS.
Manglungsod's group was given 10 days to file a comprehensive report of their investigation.
Meanwhile, the DOLE chief pushed for the review of the law that created the special economic zones, and its implementing rules and regulations, particularly on the inspection of labor and OSHS.
"We need to review the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) law and its implementing rules and regulations, particularly on the conduct of fire inspection within the economic zone and inspection of locators to check compliance with general labor standards, occupational safety and health standards, and other laws and social legislations," Bello added.
Earlier, he said that he is looking to review Department Order (DO) No. 131 wherein establishments inside PEZA are not mandated to comply with OSHS.
Bello explained that it is part of their responsibility to make sure that companies are in compliance of the occupational safety and health standards.
On Feb. 1, a building of the HTI is located inside the PEZA in Cavite was gutted by a fire that killed three persons and injured of over 100 others, who are all employees of the company. (PNA)
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Last Modified: 2017-Feb-14 17.02.32 UTC+0800