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Supreme Court orders Kentex contractor to pay P1.4M to workers

Jul 26, 2019 - 3:28 PM

A total of 57 underpaid workers shall get part of the P1.4 million

KENTEX. Families of workers killed in the fire that hit the Kentex Manufacturing Corp. footwear factory line up to receive grocery packs and some financial assistance from the owner during a dialogue at the Barangay hall of barangay Ugong in Valenzuela City on Friday, May 22, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Dec 27, 2017 - 1:47 PM

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'Heads must roll over Davao mall fire deaths' – labor groups

Dec 27, 2017 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) The BPO Industry Employees Network calls the incident a 'massacre of working people who strive hard to earn a living'

MALL FIRE. At least 36 call center employees were killed inside Davao City's NCCC Mall on December 23, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

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)

CA clears Rex Gatchalian over Kentex fire

Jan 18, 2017 - 3:35 PM

The ruling comes after the Sandiganbayan dismissed criminal charges against the Valenzuela city mayor The CA puts the responsibility of enforcing compliance with the fire code on the Bureau of Fire Protection

Kentex fire: Ombudsman wants charges vs Gatchalian reinstated

Jan 05, 2017 - 10:38 PM

Prosecutors say the anti graft court overlooked some facts and circumstances which if taken into account would have led the court to a different conclusion

KENTEX FIRE. 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. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sandiganbayan clears Mayor Gatchalian, 2 others in Kentex fire

Dec 15, 2016 - 6:12 PM

The Sandiganbayan s 2nd Division says there is no probable cause to let the 3 Valenzuela City officials stand trial on charges of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and multiple physical injuries and two counts of grafts

FIRE TRAP. Authorities process the charred remains of Kentex workers

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

Ombudsman files raps vs Mayor Gatchalian, 7 others over Kentex fire

Mar 15, 2016 - 10:40 AM

They face multiple counts of violation of the anti graft act and for reckless imprudence for issuing business permits to Kentex

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

Valenzuela mayor, 6 others ordered dismissed over Kentex fire

Mar 05, 2016 - 7:28 PM

But Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian is able to secure a temporary restraining order stopping the Ombudsman s dismissal order

MOURNING. Church workers join relatives of the 72 fire victims of the Kentex Manufacturing Inc. in Valenzuela in a candle lighting during a mass for the 9th day of the incident. Photo by Joel Leporada/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

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Jul 07, 2015 - 6:55 PM

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73 out of 74 Kentex fire victims identified – PNP

Jul 07, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Two more victims were found at the site of the fire hit Kentex Manufacturing Corporation bringing the total death toll to 74

IDENTIFIED. 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. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

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

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Jun 17, 2015 - 7:00 PM

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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

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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

Valenzuela fire: 63 bodies identified

Jun 04, 2015 - 4:20 PM

Of the 72 victims killed in the industrial fire that hit a Valenzuela City footwear factory last month 9 remain unidentified

IDENTIFICATION. Members of the PNP crime laboratory meet with families of the 72 victims killed in the Kentex factory blaze. Photo from Valenzuela City PIO

Valenzuela shuts down businesses with no fire safety certificate

Jun 04, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian also orders other business establishments to present their valid FSICs within 7 days from receipt of the directive

epa04747281 Filipino policemen carry a body in a body bag following a fire at a 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

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

Fire risk checks on Metro Manila establishments begin June 8

Jun 02, 2015 - 10:11 PM

The inspection teams will visit at least two establishments every day and spend at least 4 hours in each says Interior Secretary Mar Roxas

NCR CHECKS. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas meetings mayors of the different Metro Manila LGUs on Tuesday, June 2. Photo by Rappler

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

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Jun 02, 2015 - 12:46 PM

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Kentex fire: Palace eyes raps vs Valenzuela officials

Jun 01, 2015 - 9:11 PM

Mayor Rex Gatchalian cites 3 memorandum circulars to clear city officials and pass the blame on to the Bureau of Fire Protection

RECKLESS IMPRUDENCE RESULTING IN HOMICIDE. President Benigno Aquino III shows where the fire started at the Kentex Manufacturing Corporation factory that killed 72 factory workers in Valenzuela City. Lauro Montellano Jr./Malacanang Photo Bureau

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

23 factories near Kentex also show fire code violations

Jun 01, 2015 - 6:09 PM

President Aquino orders the review of the fire permits issued to over 300 000 establishments in Metro Manila

EXPLANATIONS. President Benigno Aquino III presents a scale model of the Kentex Manufacturing Corporation factory during a press briefing. Benhur Arcayan/Malacanang Photo Bureau

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

Kentex factory and the economy death trap

May 21, 2015 - 3:49 PM

The Kentex factory has been described as a death trap when it is merely symbolic of our economic system – the real death trap

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

Valenzuela fire: Relatives identify victims' belongings

May 20, 2015 - 5:19 PM

Families of the 72 workers killed in last week s factory fire help identify the personal items left at the accident site as investigators continue the DNA testing

LOOKING FOR A LOVED ONE. Irenea Pohanes, 44, looks for the personal effects of her niece, 22-year-old Jerylyn Calago, who died in the industrial fire that hit Kentex Manufacturing Corporation. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Don’t blame welders for Valenzuela fire – lawyer

May 19, 2015 - 7:47 PM

The lawyer for the welders present in Kentex when the huge blaze broke out say it s unfair to blame his clients for the fire that killed 72

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

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May 19, 2015 - 7:15 PM

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Valenzuela defends issuance of business permit to Kentex

May 19, 2015 - 5:06 PM

The Bureau of Fire Protection never sent word that the factory did not comply with safety standards after the city government issued a provisional business permit

epa04747280 Filipino workers collect water next to a burnt footwear factory in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, May 14, 2015. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Valenzuela factory welders weren't Kentex employees

May 18, 2015 - 9:18 PM

Rappler obtains the initial report on the police probe It quotes a survivor: there were no fire exits on the 2nd floor where employees were trapped and killed

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

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

Palace: More inspections after Kentex fire

May 16, 2015 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED Malacañang says Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has initial reports on Kentex engaging the services of a subcontractor not registered with the labor department

FATALITIES. Authorities seal the remains of workers killed in a footwear factory in Valenzuela. Photo by PNP-PIO

Kentex offers fire victims 'negligible' compensation

May 15, 2015 - 11:35 PM

Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian says the owner of the factory where at least 72 died in a fire is victimizing the workers twice over

epa04747281 Filipino policemen carry a body in a body bag following a fire at a 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

Valenzuela fire death trap highlights sweatshop abuses

May 15, 2015 - 7:42 PM

The deaths should serve as a wake up call for businessmen to stop these abuses says Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz

DEATHS. Body bags bear the remains of factory workers, burnt beyond recognition. Photo by PNP-PIO

Baldoz: Valenzuela factory owners 'immoral'

May 15, 2015 - 1:53 PM

They are not only illegal they are immoral This employer they don t have a sense of social responsibility says Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz

FATALITIES. Authorities seal the remains of workers killed in a footwear factory in Valenzuela. Photo by PNP-PIO

Valenzuela fire victims buried, DNA tests continue

May 15, 2015 - 12:39 PM

Of the 72 bodies pulled out from the Kentex Manufacturing factory 36 are female while 28 are male Five remain unidentified

Rescue workers and members of the SOCO bring in body bags of charred bodies of workers killed in the factory fire at the barangay hall of Maysan, Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Mourning in Valenzuela over horrific factory fire

May 15, 2015 - 9:05 AM

Tearful relatives begin the heartbreaking task of helping investigators identify the remains of their loved ones killed in the blaze that hit a footwear factory in Valenzuela City

epa04746995 Filipino relatives of a missing factory workers reacts following a fire at a warehouse in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 13 May 2015. At least 31 people were killed and dozens more are feared dead after a fire on 13 May razed a footwear factory in the Philippines, local officials and emergency workers said. 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/RITCHIE B. TONGO

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

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