Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday dispatched inspectors to the House Technology Industries in General Trias, Cavite to assess the needs of the workers affected by the fire Wednesday and establish if the company is compliant with fundamental labor standards.
“I have directed an immediate determination of whether or not HTI has complied with basic employment standards to assess the extent of assistance we can provide,” Bello said.
The Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) Regional Extension Unit in Region 4-A was also instructed to assess the needs of the victims of the fire, all employed by HTI.
HTI is a manufacturing company with a manpower complement of 10,892 workers. Of that number 4,263 are directly hired workers and 6,629 are under five different contractors.
Citing initial reports from Dir. Teresita Cucueco of the Bureau of Working Conditions, Bello said that 30 workers were injured while three are still missing.
Bello said the BWC, Occupational Safety and Health Center, and the DOLE RO4-A will look into the incident as soon as the fire is totally put out and police authorities have concluded their mopping up operation and investigation.
He added that HTI management has committed to cooperate and help the affected workers.
“Aside from providing financial assistance to workers who were hospitalized, the HTI management also promised that the workers who were displaced by the fire will be absorbed in other areas of operation,” he also said.
Bello added that the survivors who were hospitalized will be entitled to medical or hospital benefits and sickness benefit of up to 120 days at a maximum of P200 per day. Those who were injured are entitled to free rehabilitation.
The ECC also has livelihood and skills training for those who may not be able to work anymore. For those who may suffer from disability because of the tragedy, the ECC will process fast their ECC pension or lump sum compensation depending on the disability.