ONE floor of a 63-story residential tower under construction in the upscale Bonifacio Global City collapsed on Wednesday, killing two construction workers and injuring 11 others.
Nine of those injured were taken to the St. Luke’s Medical Center while the other two were brought to the Ospital ng Makati.
Most of the victims suffered arm, shoulder and back injuries.
It was not immediately clear what caused the floor at The Suites Residential Tower to collapse around 8:15 am, but there were claims the incident happened while cement was being poured into the floor.
“I had just left the building when it collapsed,” construction worker Edwin Suarez said.
Taguig City police chief Arthur Felix Asis said his men were now investigating the construction on 5th Avenue and 28th Street.
Based on its project profile, the single-tower residential building, owned by Ayala Land Premier, will consist of 284 residential suites and limited- edition Sky Collections rendered in two- to four-bedroom configurations.
The project will also feature Triple-A-grade office building and is intended to be home to top local and multinational companies. The Suites is right beside the new Hotel Shangri-La, Mind Museum, and the Unified Philippine Stock Exchange.
In a statement, Fort Bonifacio Development Corp. said it will provide assistance to the victims.
“The Bureau of Fire Protection of Taguig City is currently undertaking search and rescue operations,” the company said.
“We are still awaiting the official report on the number of casualties and currently investigating the cause of the incident. Rest assured that, together with MDC and Fastem, we will assist the families of the workers.”
The Department of Labor and Employment assured the families of the two workers who died and the others who were hurt of financial assistance and to hold the people accountable for the incident.
But the labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-Nagkaisa blamed the Labor Department and local officials in the city for the incident. With Vito Barcelo
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