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Bangladesh plastics factory blaze kills 13

Dec 12, 2019 - 6:46 PM

Police say some 150 people were working in the tin-shed ground floor factory when a fire broke out with a loud bang in one of the rooms

Factory fire kills 19 in east China

Sep 30, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The fire breaks out on Sunday, September 29, at a factory in Ninghai county, eastern Zhejiang province

DOLE contradicts PEZA: Company in Cavite fire violated standards

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says House Technology Industries violated labor and safety standards contrary to the findings of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority

HTI. Portion of the burned building of the House Technology Industries in the Cavite Export Processing Zone. Rappler file photo

70% of work-related deaths worldwide occur in Asia Pacific – ILO

Apr 28, 2017 - 5:29 PM

While this annual rate is already staggering the United Nations agency says the problem of occupational hazard may be worse raising the possibility of underreporting

On the occassion of the International Workers Memorial Day, Association of Labor Unions (ALU) members hold lights candles during a simple ceremony at the Kentex factory in Valenzuela City, to remember the 74 workers who lost their lives in the fire on May 13, 2015. (NELSON VERA)

News Briefs: February 6, 2017

Feb 06, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Monday February 6

Remulla on Cavite EPZA fire: No cover-up

Feb 04, 2017 - 6:40 PM

HTI workers in critical condition will be transferred to Philippine General Hospital for further treatment once they are stable

AFTERMATH. This photo taken on Saturday, February 4 shows the burnt HTI building in Cavite. All photos by Aika Rey/Rappler

Cavite EPZA fire: No deaths recorded, but...

Feb 03, 2017 - 9:10 PM

All 3 189 workers on shift when the fire broke have been accounted for but authorities are not ruling out finding dead bodies when they finally inspect the HTI facility on Saturday February 4

ACCOUNTED FOR. Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla shows the list of those injured when the fire broke at the House Technology Industries (HTI) building Wednesday, February 1. He said that there were no missing workers and everyone has been accounted for. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Ceasefire, factory fire, Uber | Evening wRap

Feb 03, 2017 - 8:56 PM

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HTI workers won't be jobless for long after Cavite EPZA fire – Remulla

Feb 03, 2017 - 2:31 PM

UPDATED Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla says regular workers will be absorbed by sister companies of House Technology Industries while adjustments are being made for the rest of some 15 000 affected workers

CRITICAL CONDITION. Divine Grace Medical Center in General Trias is one of the hospitals where victims of the Cavite EPZA fire are confined. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Mining, Duterte, Robredo | Evening wRap

Feb 02, 2017 - 8:38 PM

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20 HTI workers unaccounted for after Cavite factory fire

Feb 02, 2017 - 3:01 PM

UPDATED Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla says at least 4 000 workers were inside when the fire broke but authorities cannot enter the facility as fire continues to rage almost 24 hours later

SAFE. A House Technology Industries (HTI) worker signs an attendance sheet to confirm her safety from yesterday's fire. Photo by Naoki Mengua/Rappler

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Feb 02, 2017 - 1:11 PM

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Valenzuela execs, BFP officials, charged over Kentex fire

Oct 19, 2016 - 7:42 PM

Investigators say Kentex should have been shut down because of its delinquent status General manager Ong King Guan is also among those charged

Members of the SOCO examine charred bodies of workers killed in the slipper factory fire as they collect DNA and recognisable marks from the victims at the barangay hall of Maysan, Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Valenzuela Mayor Gatchalian faces criminal raps over Kentex fire

Jul 23, 2015 - 4:16 PM

The Department of Justice special panel also recommends a further investigation of the possible liabilities of labor officials over the largest industrial accident in the country

Families of Kentex fire victims: 'We will not drop claims'

Jul 08, 2015 - 9:59 PM

While 57 families have already dropped their claims against the footwear factory some continue to reject the P151 200 settlement offer

GRIEF. Filipino relatives of a missing factory workers react following a fire at a warehouse in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 13 May 2015. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

DOLE endorses to DOJ criminal cases vs Kentex

Jul 02, 2015 - 8:32 PM

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz turns over to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima a briefer on violations of labor laws detailing possible evidence to support criminal action against Kentex Manufacturing and its subcontractor

Filipino firemen carry a body inside a cadaver bag from a burnt warehouse following a fire in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 13 May 2015. Five persons were killed after they were trapped inside a burning rubber slipper factory in Valenzuela City, according to arson investigators from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Families of 57 Kentex fire casualties settle for P151,200

Jun 23, 2015 - 5:27 PM

The settlement includes a waiver against any further claims against the footwear manufacturer which lost 72 employees in the Philippines worst factory fire to date

DIALOGUE. Families of workers killed in the Kentex Manufacturing Corporation footwear factory fire line up to receive grocery packs and some financial assistance from the owner during a dialogue in Valenzuela City on Friday, May 22, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Dire conditions found in factories around Kentex

Jun 18, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Workers are not provided with personal protective equipment including earplugs for noise pollution face masks for airborne contaminants and welding goggles

epa04747280 Filipino workers collect water next to a burnt footwear factory in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 14 May 2015. At least 31 people were killed and dozens more are feared dead after a fire razed a footwear factory in the Philippines. Most of the bodies were found burned beyond recognition on the second floor of the two-storey building in the Manila suburb of Valenzuela, a fire volunteer said. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Victims' kin, survivors file criminal raps vs Kentex

Jun 17, 2015 - 12:41 PM

A total of 52 – 8 casualties kin and 44 survivors – name 9 Kentex owners as respondents in their criminal complaint

CASUALTIES. Authorities examine charred bodies of workers killed in the Kentex factory fire in Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kentex says kin of more than half of fire casualties will settle

Jun 15, 2015 - 9:42 PM

The settlement of the civil aspect of the case aside the workers say they will still file a criminal complaint against the footwear manufacturer

Members of the SOCO examine charred bodies of workers killed in the slipper factory fire as they collect DNA and recognisable marks from the victims at the barangay hall of Maysan, Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kentex 'dummy' ordered to pay P8.3M to 99 workers

Jun 11, 2015 - 4:33 PM

The amount is higher than the initial estimate of P7 8 million

Aquino’s Chinese roots, Kentex complaint, Cavs tie series | 6PM wRap

Jun 08, 2015 - 6:35 PM

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Kentex survivors, victims' kin file complaint vs Baldoz, Roxas

Jun 08, 2015 - 1:18 PM

Workers go to the Ombudsman wary that the Aquino government is sparing Cabinet members and eyeing only Valenzuela local officials for possible charges

PROTEST. Family and relatives of kentex workers killed in the factory fire file charges against labor officials before the Office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City on June 8. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ creates special panel on Kentex factory fire

Jun 03, 2015 - 6:18 PM

The 6 member panel will review official reports and gather evidence to determine criminal and administrative charges over the deadly blaze

Metro Manila needs more labor laws compliance officers

Jun 02, 2015 - 6:44 PM

There are only about 150 labor laws compliance officers in the region catering to over 37 344 establishments far from the recommendation of the International Labor Organization

SEARCH. Authorities enter the burnt Kentex factory in Valenzuela City. Photo by Francis Malasig

Duterte not running, Kentex aftermath, Caitlyn Jenner | 12PM wRap

Jun 02, 2015 - 12:46 PM

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No push from Aquino to pass pro-worker laws

Jun 01, 2015 - 6:33 PM

Aquino says there is already an impetus from members of Congress themselves to enact these laws

Labor laws compliance system is 'landmark reform' – DOLE

Jun 01, 2015 - 12:26 PM

With the unfortunate incident happening under a system lauded for being a game changer in workplace assessment Aquino is under pressure to institute long lasting pro worker reforms

DEADLY BLAZE. A fire razes a slipper factory in Valenzuela City on May 13, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Review of Fire Code sought after deadly Valenzuela blaze

May 21, 2015 - 11:23 AM

Senator Cynthia Villar who filed a resolution seeking the review says the Kentex tragedy shows that people have not learned from the Ozone Disco fire that killed 162 people in 1996

Kentex willing to pay for DNA testing of dead workers

May 20, 2015 - 8:03 PM

At the House hearing on the Valenzuela fire factory it is revealed that the labor department issued Kentex a certificate of compliance despite violations of occupational health and safety standards

DNA TESTS. The Philippine National Police says the DNA matching will take two months to complete. File photo by Francis R. Malasig, EPA

LP presidential candidate, Valenzuela factory fire, Colombia landslide | 12PM wRap

May 19, 2015 - 12:39 PM

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Rodrigo Duterte, President Aquino’s SALN, Rohingya | 6PM wRap

May 18, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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Two months to finish Valenzuela DNA tests – PNP

May 18, 2015 - 1:13 PM

Philippine police will have to test and match the DNA of 69 workers who died in the factory fire and their relatives

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May 18, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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Valenzuela factory fire: President misses the empathy boat again

May 17, 2015 - 11:12 AM

The lax enforcement of safety regulations is not accidental It stems from the state’s stance of going easy on capitalists since they are seen to be the source of growth wealth and jobs

DEADLY BLAZE. A fire razes a slipper factory in Valenzuela City on May 13, 2015. All photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Factory fire victims, Binay accounts, Pacquiao’s dream | 9PM wRap

May 15, 2015 - 8:45 PM

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Factory fire, GMA-7, El Gamma Penumbra | 12PM wRap

May 15, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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Gov’t to probe ‘pakyawan’ system in Valenzuela factory

May 14, 2015 - 9:41 PM

Workers hired by Kentex Manufacturing Corporation for short time projects including some of the 72 who died in the fire have no records in the company

LABOR STANDARDS VIOLATED. Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II says the owners of the footwear factory in Valenzuela City, where  dozens of workers (examined here by police investigators) died in a fire, will be probed for violating occupational safety and health standards. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Binay dollars, factory fire, UFC Manila | 9PM wRap

May 14, 2015 - 9:00 PM

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DNA tests for Valenzuela fire victims to take 'several months'

May 14, 2015 - 7:18 PM

Of the 72 who died in the Kentex factory fire only 6 or 7 were wearing rings necklaces or other metal objects that could be used to identify them

DNA TESTS. The chief of operations of the national police crime laboratory says that of the 72 who died, only 3 have been identified through DNA matching. Photo by Francis R. Malasig, EPA

We’ll make culprits pay for Valenzuela deaths – Roxas

May 14, 2015 - 5:06 PM

‘Hindi tama na merong 72 tayong mga kababayan na namatay… Ang magagawa ko para sa kanilang mga naulila ay panagutin kung sino man ang dapat managot ’

FULL FORCE. Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II promises families of those who died in the Valenzuela factory fire that the full force of government will be employed to hold the culprits accountable. PNP PIO photo

Valenzuela factory passed occupational safety checks – DOLE

May 14, 2015 - 4:08 PM

Labor department records show that fire struck Kentex Manufacturing Company complied with general labor standards and occupational safety and health standards as of last check in September 2014

MASSIVE FIRE. A rubber slipper factory that burned in Valenzuela City complied with safety requirements as of September, said the government. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

8 dead in Bangladesh garment factory fire - police

May 09, 2013 - 11:08 AM

At least 7 people were killed after a fire swept a garment making factory in the Bangladeshi capital on Thursday police said

Bangladesh arrests collapse garment factory owners

Apr 27, 2013 - 9:12 AM

UPDATED Bangladeshi police arrests two owners of garment factories as the death toll rose to at least 324