CEBU CITY - Five construction workers, including a sexagenarian from Manjuyod, Negros Oriental, died when their four-decker bunkhouse collapsed early yesterday morning in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City.
The security guard’s logbook showed that 158 workers of JE Abraham Lee Construction and other sub-contractors were sleeping inside the bunkhouse made of metal scaffoldings when it collapsed over them at around 3 a.m.
The fatalities were identified as 61-year-old Carlos Calliwa of Manjuyod, Negros Oriental; Iveen Villarin, 23, and Jason Bacalso, 22, both of Langtad, the City of Naga in Cebu; Francisco Diapera, 45, of Pag-asa, Lutopan, Toledo City; and Crisenciano Silomen, 57, of Kauswagan, Trinidad, Bohol.
Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chief Nagiel Bañacia confirmed the number of casualties after the search and rescue operations, saying the five workers showed “no vital signs” when they were found.
Based on the CCDRRMO final count, 103 survived the incident, while four were seriously injured and brought to the Perpetual Succor Hospital and the Cebu City Medical Center for immediate treatment.
Seven other injured workers were also brought to the CCMC for the required medical assistance. At least 44 laborers sustained minor injuries and were given first-aid on the site by members of the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation.
Project engineer Butch Abaya said JE Abraham Lee Construction and Development Inc. is ready to provide assistance to the victims and their families, especially to those who perished in the accident.
Abaya also clarified that the bunkhouse, which was made mostly of metal scaffoldings, did not have four storeys as reported, but had four decks.
The Office of the Building Official ordered the suspension of all construction projects of JE Abraham Lee Construction following the accident.
Engineer Josefa Ylanan, OBO chief, said she ordered the suspension of construction permits of all projects being undertaken by JE Abraham Lee Construction after learning that the company does not have a permit for the bunkhouse.
Ylanan said bunkhouses are usually built within the project sites. But since this one was off site, the OBO was not able to inspect the structure.
DOLE-7 regional director Cyril Ticao said he has already sent a team to check on the wellbeing of the workers, especially those who were brought to the hospitals.*PNA
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