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DOLE 6 Probes Iloilo City Oil Spill, Focuses on OSH

Iloilo City – The Department of Labor and Employment Region 6 started its own investigation of the oil spill incident in Iloilo City. The oil spill following a barge explosion is pegged at around 48,000 liters which caused damage to the coasts of various municipalities and provinces in the region. 


Relative to the Department’s mandate to implement Republic Act No. 11058 (New OSH Law) and Department Order No. 198-18 (Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 11058), DOLE 6 initiated its own investigation of the incident, focusing on occupational safety and health.


DOLE 6 Regional Director Cyril L. Ticao led a group of Technical Safety Inspectors on July 6, 2020, in inspecting the vicinity of the AC Energy Corporation-owned power barge. Ticao stated that the DOLE’s investigation centers on the occupational safety and health policies implemented by the company including but not limited to provision of PPEs to its employees, technical capacity of employees considering the nature of their work and if there is any OSH violation which resulted to the oil spill incident.


When asked about the result of the investigation, Ticao said that it is premature to release any findings as the investigation is still ongoing. He further stated that two (2) engineers have been assigned to closely coordinate with the company and investigate the incident.


Meanwhile, the Department is also looking into complaints with regard to lack of PPEs of newly-hired personnel who were employed to contain the oil spill.


“We strongly expect that the barge owner cooperate with DOLE 6 as we conduct the investigation. We also recommend that they implement appropriate occupational safety policies, especially in measures to prevent the further spread of the oil spill,” Ticao reminded.

Dir. Cyril L. Ticao
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