Friday, May 15, 2015

Roxas inspects razed factory in Valenzuela City

From the Website of GPH - Government of the Philippines

Roxas inspects razed factory in Valenzuela City
72 bodies have been recovered from the site. DILG Chief condoled with the families of the victims.

Secretary Roxas with BFP and PNP personnel inspecting the factory, which was gutted by fire on Wednesday

Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas on Thursday inspected the two-story rubber slippers factory of Kentex Manufacturing, which was gutted by fire on May 13.

According to Roxas, officials from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported that a total of 72 bodies have already been recovered from the site.

Kentex Manufacturing has more than 200 employees and Roxas ordered an inquiry that aims to identify the employees present when the fire broke out. As far as initial reports are concerned, Roxas said that the ember from welding equipment fell on some rubber and other inflammable materials, causing the fire that razed the factory.

“Bakit may welding na isang flammable activity sa isang lugar na maraming flammable chemicals,” asked Roxas, referring to one of the crucial subjects of the investigation.

He also observed that the chemicals and materials inside the factory made it difficult for the firefighters to extinguish the fire.

According to the BFP, the fire was called in at around 11:23 a.m., May 13, was declared under control at 4:11 p.m., and was finally put out at 6:47 p.m. Around 200 firefighters aboard 42 fire trucks responded to extinguish the fire.

Roxas entrusted the investigation to the PNP Crime Laboratory, Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO), and the BFP-Anti-Arson Unit to investigate the incident. He has also previously ordered that officers of BFP-Valenzuela City be relieved to ensure a fair and credible investigation.

After the inspection, Roxas met with the families of the victims at the Maysan Barangay Hall where he expressed his sincerest sympathies.

“Habang nagdadalamhati ang pamilya, kailangan itawid natin sila,” Roxas assured the families of the victims of fire.

He also announced that President Aquino has committed the President’s Social Fund to help the victims. Employing the “whole of government” approach, Roxas said that the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the local government of Valenzuela City will also provide assistance.

As of now, the families’ main concern is knowing when their relative’s bodies will be turned over to them.

According to Roxas, each family will be given their turn to identify the bodies only after the charred remains have undergone DNA testing and positive identification, to ensure that the families will accurately receive the bodies of their loved ones.

But while authorities are undertaking the tedious process, Roxas assured the victims’ families that the government will take care of them.

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