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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, April 6, 2015
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888 construction underway

Construction work at the 888 Chinatown square mall, phase II project, at Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City resumed Tuesday after the Department of Labor and Employment lifted the stop order it issued against it two weeks ago, DOLE Region 6 Director Ponciano Ligutom, said yesterday.

Ligutom said they re-inspected the site on Monday and found that the developer of the project, Capitol Hill Land Development Corp., has complied with the requirements set for the health and safety of workers.

DOLE had issued the work stoppage order when its team of engineers inspected the site and discovered that there were construction workers not wearing masks, had no safety harnesses, safety shoes and goggles, and hard hats, while the construction site had no safety signages, had an inadequate number of fire extinguishers, no safety officers and first aid personnel.

The engineers also noted that there was no hot work permit while welding work was being done, and no DOLE-approved construction safety and health program.

Project-in-charge, architect Ramiro Garcia said yesterday that they already purchased masks, safety harnesses, safety shoes and goggles, and hard hats for their workers and have completely installed safety signages at the construction site.

He said they also assigned two safety officers in the area and placed adequate fire extinguishers.

He said they plan to finish the construction by the end of June but because of what happened, and because of the delay in the delivery of some construction materials, this may be moved to a later date.

Meanwhile, DOLE Region 6 is Department of Labor and Employment is urging workers and concerned citizens to join the campaign for safe and healthy workplaces by reporting to the DOLE regional and field offices risky conditions and unsafe practices in dangerous establishments through the project Iwas Aksidente Patrol or IwAP Mo!.

Re-launched on May 1 last year as part of the Labor Day celebration, IwAP Mo! is aimed at averting work-related accidents that, at times, lead to the deaths of workers.

Ligutom said the initiative will help prevent occurrence of accidents, specifically in workplaces that are not compliant with occupational safety and health standards, by getting ordinary citizens to report violations to the DOLE regional and field offices.

IwAP Mo!, was created due to the low ratio of Labor Laws Compliance Officers, previously called labor inspectors, against the increasing number of establishments in the region, minimal opportunities for OSH violations committed in plain view of the LLCO.*APN

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