Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III
Department of Labor & Employment
December 25, 2017
My heart bleeds with the bereaved families of the employees who died in the tragic fire in Davao City.
Some people must be held responsible for the senseless loss of lives.
I have ordered officials of the Occupational Safety and Health Center and the DOLE regional office in Davao to immediately look into possible violations of some safety and health standards by NCC mall management in its operations. The findings of the investigation shall be submitted directly to me for purposes of determining responsibility and for appropriate legal action.
In the meantime, I have also directed the DOLE regional office to make an inventory and assessment of the affected workers and employees of the mall so that they may be provided with emergency employment. The employment assistance will be for a period of one month.
Depending on the assessment of our regional office, we will look into other means by which DOLE can extend further assistance to the victims of the tragic incident.