Compostela offers to aid workers of closed factory-A A +A
Saturday, November 2, 2013
COMPOSTELA Mayor Joel Quiño promised Saturday to provide livelihood assistance to residents, who lost their jobs following the closure of a tire-recycling factory in Barangay Tamiao that was blamed for air pollution.
Quiño said all they have to do is to coordinate with the mayor’s office so his staff can refer them to other companies that will soon open in the northern municipality.
The mayor said he has no record of the exact number of workers in the factory, but one worker said there were about 15 of them.
He said they could not ascertain how much the Taiwanese businessmen invested in the factory since the municipal assessor has no record of it.
Quiño said the factory did not have a business permit and an environmental compliance certificate.
Last October 31, Quiño served the cease-and-desist order (CDO) on Union Tire Philippines.
The CDO states that the mayor’s office received numerous complaints from residents about the factory’s alleged violation of the Clean Air Act.
About 30 residents, some of them children, accompanied the town officials in the enforcement of the CDO.
They held placards demanding the closure of the factory.
The factory workers did not resist the closure although a brief argument ensued between them and the residents.
Among those factory workers who defended their Taiwanese employers was Dario Danlag, a maintenance worker.
Danlag said he was able to send his three children to college because of his job in the factory.
The tire plant began operations in 2008 despite complaints from residents about the thick black smoke and foul odor it emitted.
The factory used six huge containers called “rollers” where tires were recycled into fuel oil (bunker).
About 50 drums of bunker fuel and two delivery trucks were inside the factory when town officials padlocked the plant.
The factory, built in a mountainous portion of Barangay Tamiao, is about a kilometer from the national highway.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 02, 2013.