The head of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority has assured that all economic zones registered under PEZA are compliant with occupancy safety and health standards.
PEZA director general Charito Plaza, in an interview yesterday, said that ensuring safety in the workplace is a constitutional right of the workers, that is why they have been strict in inspecting with the compliance of eco-zones with OSH.
Plaza yesterday spoke to representatives of Business Process Outsourcing locators in Bacolod about OSH Standards for BPOs and PEZA zones at the Negosyo Center at the Negros Occidental Barangay Center.
She said they are partnering with the Bureau of Fire Protection to cover all the eco-zones around the country in terms of complying with the fire permits, as the number of industries in the PEZA zones are increasing.
“There are BFP in every province and city in the country and they can do the job better,” Plaza said.
Non-compliance with the permits required can lead o suspension and non-issuance of permits to operate, she added.
Plaza also reported that in the 22 years that PEZA has existed, they only recorded three fire incidents. It was not because they were not compliant, but the incident themselves were beyond their control.
The incidents were at HTI factory fire in Cavite, Resorts World Manila, and NCCC Mall in Davao City. She said the reasons why the fire incidents happened were overheating of equipment, fire caused by a man in the casino area, and fire that started in the mall, which is not PEZA registered.
“It has been PEZA's thrust to provide ease of doing business, that is why we have a complete set of inspectors provided in every eco-zone to monitor and evaluate safety standards,” she said, adding “That is why we have 4,099 industries out of the 379 eco-zones, but only three fire incidents happened.” *MLG
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