The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has allowed more establishments in the country to sell and manufacture pyrotechnics and firecrackers after they have been found compliant with the general labor and occupational safety and health standards, according to Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III.

“After a thorough assessment of our DOLE Regional Offices, 319 establishments in Luzon and Visayas were found compliant with labor and OSH standards,” Bello said.

The labor secretary clarified that the said establishments have also shown strict compliance to the pertinent labor laws, rules, and regulations, thus bringing the total number of compliant establishments to 493.

DOLE earlier lifted its WSO on 174 establishments engaged in manufacture and sale of pyrotechnics and firecrackers.

“It’s always necessary to put the safety and protection of the workers first before anything else. We lifted the WSO for more establishments engaged in fireworks and pyrotechnics to ascertain their continuous compliance with labor standards as well as with safety and health standards,” Bello added.

There are still 131 establishments whose WSOs have not yet been lifted and are undergoing assessments from the Regional Office.

“Once the establishment is found compliant with the requirements, the Regional Office may recommend the lifting of the work stoppage order,” said Bello, adding that the Department is extending emergency employment assistance to affected workers of establishments whose WSO have not yet been lifted.

The enforcement of the WSO is a joint effort of the DOLE, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and the local government units.

The labor department issued a WSO to all establishments engaged in the manufacture and sale of pyrotechnics and firecrackers nationwide, following the recent explosions in fireworks and pyrotechnic shops in Bulacan that killed five people and injured 30 others.### AbegailDeVega

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