PEZA loses power to inspect firms in economic zones.
MANILA, Philippines The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)can no longer inspect commercial establishments in economic zones.Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said they have revoked the authority given to PEZA following the death of more than 40 workers in recent fires that gutted commercial establishments in two economic zones.
Five workers died and more than 100 others were injured in a fire that hit the House Technology Industries (HTI) at the Cavite Economic Zone while 37 call center workers died in a fire at the NCCC Mall in Davao City in February and December, respectively, last year.Contrary to the result of the investigation conducted by PEZA, a probe initiated by the DOLE showed that HTI violated labor standards and safety regulations.
"The labor department has reassumed the responsibility of ensuring strict enforcement of labor laws and standards, including technical standards in enterprises within economic zones," Bello said.PEZA was tasked to inspect establishments in export zones under agreements it signed with the DOLE in 2006 and 2016.element-invisibleNation ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1Bello said he wrote PEZA Director General Charito Plaza, informing her of the revocation of PEZA's authority to conduct technical safety inspections.
CEZA eyes expansion
In a related development, the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) bared plans for the establishment of the Greater Cagayan Advanced Economic Zone and Freeport.CEZA administrator Raul Lambino said a bill was filed in Congress to build more gaming and tourism facilities, inluding entertainment and extreme adventure activities in Sta.
Ana, Cagayan and nearby islands, and to make the Port of Irene as its headquarters.Lambino said investors have offered to put up more casinos, hotels, villas, a water-themed park, golf courses and a duty-free shopping mall at the freeport.
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|Publication:||Philippines Star (Manila, Philippines)|
|Date:||Feb 1, 2018|
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