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Gabriela scores BPO firms that didn’t suspend work amid Taal ashfall: Maawa naman kayo!

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas has scored business processing outsource firms that didn’t suspend work amid the heavy ashfall brought by Taal Volcano.

Brosas, representative of Gabriela Party-list, said her group received information that most BPO firms including IBM Nuvali and Conduit, which are located in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and about 20 km from Taal, were still” required to report” to work despite the high alert level raised over the Taal volcano.

Brosas reminded not only the above mentioned companies but as well as all businesses in the country that the said non-suspension of work “is an occupational safety and health issue.”

Brosas cited Section 6 of the Occupational Safety and Health Law (OSH), wherein, “the worker has the right of refusal to work without threat or reprisal from the employer if, as determined by the DOLE, an imminent danger situation exists in the workplace that may result in illness, injury or death.”

The lawmaker said BPO firms that fail to comply with OSH standards “must be held liable” for non-compliance with the safety of the workers, especially in life-threatening disasters.

“We call on the government to enforce the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Law and penalize companies who have violated the safety standards by putting workers’ lives at risk,” she added.

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