Cavite Governor Boying Remulla made it clear that there was no cover-up on the investigation of the fire incident at House Technology Industries (HTI) during the Press Conference on Presentation of Preliminary Report on Industry Fire at HTI held on February 13, 2017 at Ople Hall, Labor Governance Learning Center, DOLE, Intramuros, Manila. Organized by the Department of Labor and Employment headed by Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the governor expressed his appreciation to the agency for the opportunity to clarify important matters, stressing out that the local government together with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) officials are transparent on any information and that HTI employees were all accounted for.
As chair of the Crisis Management Committee tasked to handle the situation, Governor Remulla told the press that provincial social workers are continuously monitoring the survivors and visiting affected families. However, he cited mishandling of patients being treated at Divine Grace Medical Center as one problem, saying that the hospital should cooperate with the transfer of patients to hospitals that specialize in treating burns. On the other hand, DOLE presented different forms of assistance they can offer like medical benefits, livelihood and skills training which will come from the Employees Compensation Commission (CEC). PEZA assured the public that they will penalize HTI if proven to have violated the occupational health and safety standards. Also present during the press con providing further details and feedbacks were Gen. Trias Mayor Ony Ferrer, BFP-Cavite Chief Jerome Reano, DOLE Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod, DOLE CALABARZON Regional Director Zenaida Campita, PEZA OIC Deputy Director Justo Yusingco, and Cavite Economic Zone Manager Atty. Norma Tañag. (PICAD)