Friday, February 3, 2017
Huge Fire at House Technology Industries at Cavite Economic Zone Injures Over 100
Cavite Governor Boying Remulla held a presscon in front of EPZA confirming two (2) missing persons from the February 1 fire that broke out at the House Technology Industries Ltd., (HTI) factory located at the the Cavite Economic Zone in General Trias, Cavite. The fire, the biggest to hit the province, caused injury to over 100 while 10 are in critical condition. One was already reported dead. But are these the real numbers?
We should be refraining from circulating unverified information that might cause panic since all of these figures are not yet the final counts.
Thousands of employees were supposed to be on duty at the time of the factory fire, so there could be hundreds hurt or dead from the blaze. The factory is operational on a 24 hour basis and has three shifts for its workers.
If you have a missing relative or friend, you may report it to House Technology Industries' help desk at Gate 5 of the Cavite Economic Zone.
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the victims of the fire will get aid from them and also from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
HTI, CEPZ and EPZA should pay for the medical needs, or burials (if worst comes to worst), of the victims. The employees should be compensated fairly.
After Kentex (a slipper manufacturing factory in Valenzuela where 74 people were killed in a fire), now it is HTI. When will DOLE impose workplace safety standards? When will companies agree to obey them? The HTI EPZA tragedy again reflects how Filipino workers are deprived of proper occupational health & safety & other fundamental workers' rights.
It was also proper that Cavite took back its declaration of a state of calamity since that is not the real case.