DOLE to issue work stoppage order on Ayala mall project

BY RANIE AZUE

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

BACOLOD City – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Negros Occidental will issue a work stoppage order after two construction workers of an unfinished building owned by Ayala Land, Inc. died over the weekend.

The construction workers – 36-year-old Abraham Heracleo and Dodie Boy Mallorca, 31 – were killed after beams in the construction site in Barangay 8 fell on them around 3 a.m. on Nov. 11.

Project developer Makati Development Corp., through its subcontractor Kuntel Construction and Development Corp., had instructed to stop operation in the construction site to pave way for investigation.

Despite this, DOLE provincial head Mary Agnes Capigon said they have to issue the work stoppage order as part of the standard operating procedures, adding that they are only waiting for DOLE regional director Johnson Cañete to sign it.

Capigon said upon learning the accident on Saturday, they immediately deployed investigators and labor inspectors to conduct an ocular, safety and health inspection on the construction site.

Capigon added that they were currently consolidating the result of the inspection.

The DOLE provincial head said the order will only stop the operation in the area where the incident happened.

The workers in that area will be compensated equivalent to the daily wages that they are supposed to receive had the order been not imposed.

The order shall only be lifted after the contractor submits a work plan or procedures for clearing, Capigon added./PN