Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay on Monday tapped the Office of the Building Official (OBO) to closely coordinate with police investigators in connection with the Burgundy Tower elevator tragedy that killed two people and injured two others.
Lawyer Michael Camina, Binay’s spokesperson and city chief legal officer, said all elevator repair works at the said building in Barangay Pio del Pilar has been suspended until such time that the OBO lifts the suspension upon the contractor’s full compliance with safety protocols.
“We also enjoin the management of Burgundy Corporate Tower, Otis Philippines, and its contractor, DLC Electron Mechanical Engineering Service, to give their full cooperation in the ongoing investigation,” he said.
The local government also assured the families of the victims it is committed to prosecuting the people responsible for the incident.
The two fatalities were identified as Manuel Linayao and Rey Miguel Gilera, both elevator installers and employees of DLC Contractor.
“We assure the families of the victims that we are committed to determining who must be held liable for their loss and provide just compensation,” Camina said.
He said the city government wishes to express its condolences to the bereaved families of the two elevator installers who died in the unfortunate incident
The city government reiterates its commitment to the safety and well-being of all residents, including the clients and employees of establishments and corporate offices in the city.
“Rest assured that we will continue to strictly enforce safety protocols in all buildings to prevent a similar tragedy,” Camina said.
Initial investigation showed that four elevator installers from DLC Contractor Company were working on the sixth floor when suddenly an elevator that came from the 38th floor accidentally fell to the basement causing their injuries. Two of the victims were pronounced dead after the incident.