City engineer: All building constructions need inspection

THE City Engineers Office planned to conduct a building inspection regarding the accident happened in SM Strata Building at Barangay Bolilao, Mandurriao district on March 31.

Police report showed that a 16-year-old barker Sam Johncel Villagas was rushed to Iloilo Doctors’ Hospital after an equipment from the constructed building dropped on his right foot.

Seeing the problem that might cause distress to the public, city engineer Bobby Divinagracia will reach out the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole)-Western Visayas for further proper actions.

Divinagracia told the media in the Iloilo City Hall that they will also require the building to put up safety nets to avoid further accidents.

“We will instruct a building to review the safety net and recommend to Dole if their personal protective equipment is complete,” Divinagracia said.

The safety nets were a mandate from Dole-Western Visayas for the approved buildings.

The inspection will be conducted after the building was already built and had conformed to the National Building Code of the Philippines.

Divinagracia said that the building that had been approved should comply to the regulations of code before they can issue occupancy permits.

There might be possibilities that the construction be ceased if found that the accident was due to the negligence of the laborer. The Dole-Western Visayas has the power to do such actions.

Councilor Joshua Alim also raised the incident through his privilege speech during the City Council’s session on April 3 that they should provide aid since he considered it as “alarming”.

He also pointed out several occurrence citing constructed buildings that might put the people ledge of danger.

Due to Alim’s gesture, the council agreed to create a resolution as per suggested by Councilor R Leone Gerochi’s.

The resolution aimed to urge the Dole-Western Visayas to strictly conduct inspections and investigations to determine violations of work safety standards in various construction sites in the city of Iloilo.

Alim’s concern was forwarded to the committee on police, fire, penology, public safety, order and security, dangerous drugs and rehabilitation. (Carolyn Jane Abello)

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