THE PHILIPPINE Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) clarified on Friday that the manufacturing plant that burned down early December is not a PEZA-registered firm nor is it located within the Cavite Economic Zone (CEZ).

In a statement, PEZA said Betafoam Corp. is located in Paliparan I in Dasmarinas, Cavite and not within CEZ, which is located in the town of Rosario and neigboring General Trias City.

PEZA Director General Charito B. Plaza said their agency ensures safety in its ecozones through various measures and protocols.

“Through the affiliation as military reserve units of PEZA employees and workers in the ecozones, PEZAns and industry workers are prepared and able to respond to man-made and natural disasters and help in nation building,” she said.

Betafoam Corp. has been manufacturing polyethylene (PE) foam and insulation products since 2003.

It occupies a 10,000-square meter area for its factory and warehouse, and has 200 employees.

The fire incident in the morning of Dec. 6, which reached the fifth alarm, injured one worker.

The cause is still being investigated by the Bureau of Fire Protection Dasmarinas. — Vincent Mariel P. Galang