DOLE probes death of child worker in Albay


By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY – The regional office for Bicol here of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is investigating the death of a 14-year old boy who was killed while working as a watchman inside the compound of an industrial firm in Sto. Domingo, Albay.

DOLE regional director Alvin Villamor on Monday identified the victim based on a police report reaching his office as Kyoto Evasco, a 14-year old freshman of the Sto. Domingo National High School (SDNHS) hired by Indoplex Industrial Corp. in Barangay Lidong, Sto. Domingo, seven kilometers north of this city.

Police said Evasco, a resident of the same barangay, was patrolling the industrial compound at around 8 p.m. last October 10 when attacked by suspected thieves who smashed his head with a hard object. He died while being taken to the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) here.

“I have organized an investigation team from my office to conduct an in-depth probe on his employment as a watchman of Indoplex. The victim was a minor, thus he should not be hired as a security guard, a job that requires a license, training and more importantly legal age,” Villamor said.

Evasco’s employment could be considered a case of child labor and tasking him to perform risky duties like guarding the firm’s premises at nighttime was an aggravating circumstance especially that it cost him his life, he said.

“The premise of our investigation is confined on the employment aspect of the victim to determine the liability of his employer for employing a minor and assigning him in risky job. If found out to be liable for violating the Labor Code of the Philippines, Indoplex will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law,” the DOLE regional chief said.

For the moment that the investigations are yet to be completed, “we shall wait before making any conclusion”, he said. (PNA)


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