Baguio City – The Department of Labor and Employment Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR) urges all contractors to strictly adhere to the Occupational Safety and Health Standards especially this rainy season when construction works are prone to accidents

In connection to this call, a construction site along South Drive was ordered to stop operations by the Department of Labor and Employment Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR) based on the result of an Occupational Safety and Health Investigation (OSHI) conducted by DOLE Labor Inspectors recommending for the stoppage of work due to imminent danger for the failure of the contractor to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Standards.

The issuance of the Work Stoppage Order (WSO) is the result of a joint effort of the City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) of the City of Baguio and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The issuance of Work Stoppage Order (WSO) started with a report and request of the CBAO on August 29, 2019 that the construction of a 8-storey and 3 basement building along South Drive has violated the Occupational Safety and Health Law and that the DOLE is requested to issue a WSO. Regional Director Exequel Ronie A. Guzman immediately ordered labor inspectors to validate the report of CBAO and the inspectors recommended the issuance of a WSO as there is imminent danger in the workplace.

Imminent danger means any condition/s or practice/s in any place of employment in which a danger exists, which could reasonably be expected to cause death or serious physical harm, either immediately or before the danger can be eliminated.

Under DOLE rules, within seventy two (72) hours after the issued WSO to a conference

should be conducted to determine compliance to the noted violation and determine whether the WSO should be lifted or not.

The WSO shall remain in effect until the danger is removed or corrected. Non-compliance with the order is punishable under existing provisions of labor laws.

Other finding of the Labor Inspectors include General labor Standards violations of under-payment of wages and non-payment of the additional 25 % during overtime and for Occupational Safety and Health Standards, violations on no first aiders, no occupational health nurse, physician and dentist; no comprehensive safety and health program; no treatment room; inadequate working platform; no proof of workers competency certification and inadequate provision for personal protective equipment.

END/DOLE-CAR Release

Approved for Release:

JESUS ELPIDIO B. ATAL, JR., MNSA

Assistant Regional Director