DOLE lifts work stoppage order in 108 firecrackers and pyrotechnics establishments

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced yesterday that it has allowed 108 establishments in Regions 6 and 7 to manufacture and sell firecrackers and pyrotechnics, according to Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III.

The work stoppage order (WSO) was lifted after the said establishments were found to be compliant with general labor and occupational safety and health standards.

"After the conduct of assessment by the respective DOLE Regional Offices, the 108 establishments were found compliant with labor and OSH standards and other pertinent labor laws, rules, and regulations, thus bringing the total number of compliant establishments to 174," said Bello.

The DOLE earlier lifted its WSO on 66 establishments engaged in manufacture and sale of pyrotechnics and firecrackers.

The manufacturer, sole proprietor, and dealer of pyrotechnics and firecrackers whose work stoppage order has been lifted are as follows:

Region 6: Pick-Up Shop Trading

Region 7: Rambolet Pyro Corporation; Anita B. Baguio; Augusta A. Cosep; Teove T. Samson: Joshua D. Berdin; Sixto B. Berdin; Monina Singson Pongasi; Leonora B. ViAalon; Anna Grace M. Baguio; Tessie Centino Alvarico; Shirley R. Rabac; Merlyn C. Paypa; Elmer L. Lubas; Eustiquia B. Berame; Cirinia YbaAez; Armando C. Benlot; Baby B. Quijal; Felicidad Potot; Richard Potot; Eduardo Cendana; EB & A Fireworks Industry; Biendovin B. Omandac; Ronald Bince; Remedios P. Tan; Divina N. Augusto; Corazon P. Inihao; Gemma D. Dico; Emilia G. Inihao; Flordiles O. Dico; Jessica C. Berdon; Charito W. Orboc; Zenaida C. Retubado; Vicena C. DaAo; Rosalie C. Cedimo; Daryl B. Berdin; Delia A. Megabon; Theofe P. Berdon; Lorenza A. Doroy; Loreta M. Tabar; Salome D. Dungog; Elias Bensi; Valentina A. Berdin; Genda I. Pongasi; Flora O. Pongasi; Priscilla D. Blanco; Imelda Berdin; Marites J. Zanoria; Brenda Liza Seno; Alejandra T. Monteclar; Juliet M. Wahing Z; Ofelia Casul; Marites Adrias; Rosalie Cababahay; Irenea Gilapi; Jose Jay Cahayagan; Teresita Adrias; Cheryl Sudaria; Elpidia Potot; Charmaine Berdin; Avita Losdoc; Magdalena Suarez; Marietta Dejolde; Felnoria Tan; Regie Dungog; Rosalie Tampus; Teresa Hilapit; Justiniana Dungog; Rosalia Y. Atillo; Estrella P. Augusto; Rolan C. Paypa; Blesila N. Dialen; and Avila Pyrotechnics Firecrackers Manufacturer

Bello said that only establishments compliant with non-negotiable items of the OSH standards were issued with license or permit to manufacture, sell, and distribute firecrackers and other pyrotechnics from the Philippine National Police (PNP); Fire Safety Inspection certificate from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP); and Certificate of Attendance of Workers to the Safety Awareness Training conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC).

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.

Bello also clarified that the work stoppage order mainly mandated the stoppage of work of any unit, department or entire operation of an establishment when it is found to be non-compliant with occupational safety and health standards so that it exposes workers to imminent danger in the workplace.

On November 24, 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.

Source: DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT.

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