DOLE sends team to look into Tanay bus crash

MANILA — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will be sending a Quick Response Team (QRT) on the site of the tragic bus mishap in Tanay, Rizal, killing 14 people on Monday.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III instructed DOLE Regional Office 4-A Director Zenaida Campita to send the team that will assess the situation to determine whether the bus company strictly followed or violated occupational safety and health standards (OSHS).

“We express our sympathies to the victims’ families. We assure them that the labor department will do its part under the law and look after the victims of this untoward incident,” Bello said in a statement.

The bus was carrying mostly students who are going to a resort in Tanay, Rizal when the vehicle lost control that hit a post along Sitio Bayucal in Barangay Sampaloc in the town on Monday morning.

The DOLE chief added that aside from determining whether the company followed strict rules of OSHS, the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) was also tasked in making sure that all workers of the company will receive proper assistance and benefits.

In 2012, the agency issued an order which requires transport companies to ensure public road transport safety by improving the working conditions, compensation, and competence of bus drivers and conductors.

It also aims to reduce traffic violation incidence and other vehicular accidents, among other productivity gains.

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