DIRECTOR Cyril Ticao of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 7 yesterday said that the Office of the Building Official (OBO) in Cebu City will no longer issue building permits without the agency’s approval.

He said a building permit will only be issued once there is a construction safety and health program (CSHP) approved by DOLE.

Ticao said this would cover residential, commercial, and high-rise building projects.

The OBO is supporting DOLE 7 in implementing safety and health standards, particularly in the construction industry. This is an offshoot of the collapse of a bunkhouse of a construction company in Cebu City recently, killing five construction workers and injuring several others.

Ticao said his office already received a complete report from the tri-city field office (TCFO) that spearheaded the meeting of DOLE with OBO in the hopes of curbing the number of accidents in the industry and making Cebu City accident-free.

Ticao noted that OBO’s cooperation and support for DOLE will help advance the department’s campaign for safety in the workplace.

It was agreed that no permit will be issued for projects that don’t have a DOLE-approved CSHP, among others. (EOB)