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TWG formed to check on Zamboanga City’s canning factories after May 28 boiler explosion

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A TECHNICAL working group (TWG), composed of representatives from various local government offices and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), has been formed to check on all canning factories in Zamboanga City following the May 28 explosion of one facility’s boiler that was being repaired. In a statement from the city government, Elmeir E. Apolinario, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO), said the TWG will also review safety standards as well as further investigate the explosion at the Southwest Asia Canning Corp. that killed one and injured two others. The police identified the fatality as 49-year old Zacarias Alberyo, assistant boiler operator, while the two hurt were Francisco C. Dumagal, 39, the boiler’s head operator, and Mark Anthony R. Villaflores, 28, the factory’s safety officer. The TWG members, aside from the BFP, include officers from the CDRRMO, City Engineer’s Office, and the City Health Office. There are at least 12 major canning factories in Zamboanga City, with the entire Zamboanga Peninsula having the country’s second highest fisheries production at 515 million metric tons (MT), based on 2017 data from the Philippine Statistics Authority. The Bangsamoro region was top with 856 million MT.





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