THREE construction workers died on Thursday morning after a soil caved in and buried them alive in a construction site in a village in Cogeo in Antipolo City, Rizal province.
The fatalities were identified as siblings Darwin and Teten Villegas and their cousin Reiny, all residents of Marikina City (Metro Manila).
Another construction worker – Jessie Lorica – was hurt in the accident. He was brought to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Rescuers said the victims were working as laborers in the two-storey residential building along Marcos Highway in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Cogeo.
Reports said the victims were installing a post at around 8:30 a.m. when the soil around its hole collapsed and buried them. While the victims were wearing safety gears, one of the victim’s hard hat was broken.
According to Frederick del Rosario, sub-contractor engineer to the project, the equivalent of about one dump truck of soil crushed the victims.
Based on the information from a building permit, the house is owned by Jacini-to Catipay.
The construction firm owner said they will pay for the funeral expenses of the fatalities and will give cash assistance to their families.
NEIL A. ALCOBER