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Petition to Congressman Randolph Ting, Congressman Pantaleon Alvarez, President Rodrigo R. Duterte

Start Congressional Inquiry on the HTI Fire Tragedy Now!

An industrial fire razed the Panel Building of the House Technology Industries (HTI) Pte., Ltd. on February 1, 2017 for almost 48 hours and was considered as the worst known fire tragedy inside an economic zone in the Philippines which is supervised by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA). More than 3,000 workers are working inside the said manufacturing plant. The fire killed 5 workers, 126 workers suffered burn injuries in different parts of their bodies according to bulletins released by hospitals, and company losses amounting to 15 billion pesos due to the fire was reported. HTI has a total workforce of 13,000 when the fire happened. According to estimates, around 8,000 workers of the workforce were regular and casuals hired by the company itself while 5,000 workers were hired through private manpower agencies or labor-only contractors. HTI only recognizes the regular and casual workers as it employees with the exemption of workers coming from manpower agencies. Despite reports from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), PEZA, and Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin "Boying" Remulla that no one died inside the plant while it was ablaze, the public refuses to believe.The public also does not believe PEZA's claims that HTI did nothing wrong and did not violate anything because the company has compliance certificates on fire and and occupational safety standards. The public needs to know the truth regarding the fire tragedy. The public also has the right to know the Occupational Safety and Health Standards violations committed by HTI and the shortcomings and liability of PEZA and DOLE to ensure workers' safety in their workplaces. Hence, we are asking the House of Representatives Committee on Labor and Employment to immediately approve the House Resolution No. 747  and 808 filed in Congress by the representatives from Gabriela Women's Party, Anakpawis Partylist, Bayan Muna Partylist, Kabataan Partylist, and ACT Teachers Partylist on February 6, 2017 and February 21, 2017, respectively, to launch a congressional investigation and adopt the National Fact-Finding Mission Report by various independent organizations regarding the HTI fire tragedy.

task force hti for truth and justice
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Petition to Charlie Baker, Massachusetts State Senate, Massachusetts State House

Disability for Firefighters with Parkinson's Disease due to toxins on the job. (MA H.1455)

  A fire can expose firefighters to millions of chemicals and toxins. We have become aware of the massive risks these toxins pose for first responders, who breathe them in, ingest them, and absorb them through the skin while putting their lives on the line. Most states have adopted “cancer presumptive laws,” meaning that if a firefighter gets cancer on the job, they are automatically awarded accidental disability to see them through their illness. But the increased rate of Parkinson’s Disease (PD), a degenerative brain disorder, in firefighters has mostly been ignored. I am a firefighter who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s. I am not alone -- while the rate of PD in the general population is 3 out of 1000, it is 30 out of 1000 for firefighters. I am young to be experiencing this disease, but that’s often how it works for emergency responders, and there is mounting evidence that our exposure to burning chemicals is the culprit. I have 12 years left until I reach retirement, and, unfortunately, I am not sure I'll be able to keep working that long. My state of Massachusetts has great presumptive laws for firefighters, not only for cancer, but for heart and lung disease as well. It is now time for our legislators to include Parkinson’s Disease among these illnesses. We cannot ignore the connection between toxic chemical exposure and PD anymore. While PD usually develops slowly among the general population, symptoms often hit firefighters fast, seemingly out of nowhere. Research now suggests that toxin-induced PD has a more rapid onset than genetic PD, another indicator that we are, indeed, contracting this illness on the job. For those of us struggling with Parkinson’s, walking, talking, grasping and even blinking become increasingly difficult tasks to accomplish. Needless to say, continuing to work as firefighters while battling this disease is most often not possible. Indiana recently became the first state to include Parkinson’s in its presumptive law. This has provided unimaginable relief to many firefighters, who were running out of sick time, and facing unemployment and massive medical bills due to their debilitating disease. We now must band together and demand that more states recognize the link between firefighting and PD, and include PD among the illnesses covered by their presumptive laws. Please sign this petition to include Parkinson's in Massachusetts’ presumptive law, which would allow firefighters with Parkinson's to retire on full accidental disability.

Greg Heath
53,144 supporters