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Labor dept to give temporary jobs to fire-hit NCCC Mall workers

The fire at NCCC mall in Davao City on Dec. 23 killed 38 people. Manman Dejeto, ABS-CBN News/file photo

MANILA – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will provide temporary jobs to thousands of workers displaced by the deadly blaze that hit a Davao City mall before Christmas, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Saturday. 

A total of 2,925 workers of the NCCC Mall will be placed under DOLE’s emergency employment program, where they will be provided jobs for 30 days. 

The program, which has a P30-million funding, pays a P340 daily wage. Bello said orientation for the program has begun.

The labor chief also revealed that his department has already revoked its memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) in June 2016, which gives the latter authority to inspect safety and employment standards in economic zones.

Fire broke out on Dec. 23 at a furniture store on the third level of the commercial center, killing 38, all but one of them workers of US-based call center Research Now SSI. Its office was at the topmost floor of the 4-story shopping center.

The PEZA has since suspended the call center’s business registration, as well as the economic zone registration of the NCCC Mall.

Bello earlier called for a probe into the incident.

Fire officials have said the incident was sparked by an electrical short circuit. 

-report from Rodirey Salas, ABS-CBN News
 

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