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Davao fire, Dengvaxia, PH embassy in Israel | Midday wRap

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

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

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

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

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Jun 08, 2015 - 6:35 PM

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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

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

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

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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

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