Bulacan mayor forms task force to probe on water tank explosion
San Jose del Monte Mayor Arthur Robes has formed a task force to investigate on the water tank explosion in the Bulacan city last week.
Members of the task force and several members of the San Jose del Monte Water District and the Post Blast Investigating Unit of the Philippine Army conducted an inspection in the area where the water tank exploded.
“The task force’s job is to really determine what happened and who should be held liable, and how to fix it if there really was a problem,” Robes said.
Authorities earlier ruled out the possibility that an explosive device was used on the steel water tank.
According to Robes, the city government will hire an independent company to determine if the materials used are proper. The Australian consultant and designer of the tank will also physically look into the incident.
The local government of Bulacan has already provided initial aid to the families of the four fatalities in the incident. The City Council has yet to pass a resolution to determine the amount of assistance the local government has to provide to the affected residents.
Meanwhile, the management of the water district vows to pay for the hospital and burial expenses of the casualties.
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