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Building construction halted by DOLE


Cebu City,Philippines.The operations of an 8-storey building construction project located at corner Ma. Cristina Extension and Juana Osmena St. in Barangay Camputhaw, Cebu City could not be resumed unless proof of full compliance to labor laws are submitted to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7). 

The work stoppage order (WSO) issued on 2 March 2018 to the Philippine Macro Development Corporation and to Mr. Enrique Young, owner of the building project, stemmed from the fatal accident reported to the DOLE on 1 March 2018. 

DOLE-7 OIC-Regional Director Cyril L. Ticao, who personally presided over the mandatory conference the following day,made it clear to the respondents that they could not go on with their operations, except their shoring activities around the excavated area, until they would be able to correct all deficiencies noted not only those under the Occupational Safety and Health Standards but also those concerning the General Labor Standards (GLS). 

In an Occupational Safety and Health Investigation conducted immediately by the Department’s labor inspector, it was found out that the fatal accident happened around 10:30 P.M. on 27 February while the victim, Mr. Marino Telebrico, along with nineteen (19) others were doing concrete pouring on the 7th floor slab of the building. 

“The victim did not follow instructions from the safety officer and jumped off through the opening of the slab instead of using the access ladder when it was already raining. Despite that, management is still held liable especially that it failed to put safety barriers on all edges, center slabs, and staircases of the building project,” said Ticao. 

Other deficiencies noted under the safety and health standards included the absence of a DOLE Accredited Safety Practitioner at the time of the conduct of the investigation as well as the non-presentation of the accident report using the prescribed form. There were also no concrete measures presented to avoid recurrence of the accident. 

“Angpinaka-importantenayon ay ‘yong financial assistance nadapatmaibigayng management sapamilyangbikitima. We know very well that the life of any worker is priceless. Walangkatumbas ‘yan, that’s why the issue of safety and health in the workplace is non-negotiable.But in times like these, management is obliged to extend financial help to the bereaved family,” he clarified. 

Management representatives during the mandatory conference, added Ticao, promised to show proofs of correction of their deficiencies on 9 March 2018 as well as the proof of financial assistance that they would extend to the family. 

The DOLE-7 Head also ordered management to refund the workers of their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) deductions, saying further that this kind of deduction is illegal. 

“Kung kinakailanganngiyongproyekto o negosyoangmga personal protective equipment katuladngmga hard hats, vest, safety shoes, masks, gloves, at iba pa, hindimodapati-kaltasangmgaitosasahodngiyong ma empleyado. We are warning employers to refrain from this kind of arrangements because definitely, this is against the labor laws,” he added, saying further that even the cost of uniforms should not be deducted from the salary of the workers. 

All noted deficiencies, according to Director Ticao, indicated management’s laxity particularly in implementing the safety and health standards in the worksite, which exposed all workers to imminent danger conditions. 

“We have been constantly asked on the possible sanctions we can impose on establishments, which have failed to religiously follow and implement safety in the workplace. When issued a work stoppage order, the mere fact that they could not go on with their operations is already a big business loss,” he said. 

On top of it, he continued, when proven that violations are attributable to the fault of the employer, then management is obliged by law to pay the workers all monetary benefits that they are all entitled to for the duration of the work stoppage order.







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

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