By Samuel P. Medenilla
House Technology Industries (HTI), which had one of its factories in Cavite gutted by a fire last month, is now at risk of facing possible sanctions after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) investigation revealed it has violated several government regulations.
Citing the initial result of the probe on the incident, DOLE Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod said they found out HTI violated some occupational safety and health standards (OSHS).
He said these OSHS violations include substandard fire exits in HTI’s facilities and insufficient number of company physicians for its 13,000 workforce.
DOLE’s inspectors also learned some of HTI’s contractors are engaged in labor-only contracting and conducting illegal wage deduction to some of their employees.
“We already communicated this to them (HTI management) during our meeting. I told them to immediately correct these (violations),” Maglunsod said in an interview.
He said the HTI management has committed to address the aforementioned issues.
Despite HTI’s violations, the Japanese-owned firm, Maglunsod said, would still be allowed to continue its operations until the expected completion of their investigation this month to avoid the unnecessary displacement of its employees.