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SSI finds new site for its ops in Davao


By Yas Ocampo

Research Now Survey Sampling International (SSI) has found a new site for its operations in Davao City, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.

Bello made the announcement weeks after a deadly fire killed 38 employees working at the fourth floor of the ill-fated NCCC Mall.

A mall is seen after it was gutted by a fire in Davao city, Philippines, December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr

A mall is seen after it was gutted by a fire in Davao city, Philippines, December 29, 2017. (REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr.)

According to Bello, SSI has committed to provide for the salaries of the roughly 500 employees of the call center, with SSI considering paying the salaries of the employees for the next 60 days.

SSI had earlier committed to provide salaries up to Dec. 31, 2017.

In a statement, SSI said the counterparts in other SSI sites have raised funds to replace the lost personal property of surviving employees.

SSI, Bello said, has found a building for their operations and assured their workers employment.

Meanwhile the agency has assured that there would be no workers displaced by the incident.

“The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XI has already started conducting series of Emergency Employment Program orientations for the NCCC Mall fire affected employees,” the agency said in a statement.

The DOLE has coordinated with the NCCC Management in validating the names of employees, service provider employees, tenants and promodisers.

“Target beneficiaries for this orientation are at 2,925. This is under the approved budget of P30 million to cover 30 days of emergency employment,” the agency said.

Also directed to provide assistance were the Bureau of Working Conditions (EWWC), Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) and the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC).

In addition, the DOLE regional office along with OSHC and ECC has put up funds to extend P20,000 in assistance to each family of those who perished in the fire.

On the part of ECC, P30,000 in burial assistance was provided to each family of the 38 victims, including grocery items for the wake which will be followed by the provision of survivorship pension to their families amounting to at least P3,700 per month.

Most of those killed in the fire were SSI employees, with a sole NCCC casualty being a security officer who reportedly went back inside the building to lead others toward exits.

The casualties died of smoke inhalation.

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