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Owner of Valenzuela factory gutted by fire won’t attend DOLE meeting


The owner of a Valenzuela City factory that was gutted by a huge fire last week will not attend the meeting called by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
 
In a text message to GMA News, Atty. Renato Paraiso, who represents Kentex Manufacturing Corp., said they "didn't receive any form of official notice or invitation" from DOLE.
 
The meeting is scheduled on Monday at 9 a.m. CJC Manpower, the agency that provides Kentex with workers, was also invited to the meeting.
 
Based on its initial investigation, DOLE earlier found possible labor law violations which include low wages and unfavorable working enviroment. 
 
During its dialogue last week with employees, survivors, and relatives of the victims, Kentex denied there was "overcapacity" in warehouse personnel.
 
Seventy-two were killed in what is believed to be one of the worst industrial tragedies in Philippine history. —KG, GMA News
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