Robredo to mayors, BFP officials: Don’t sacrifice fire safety requirements

February 6, 2011 11:24 am 

MANILA, Feb. 5 – Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse M. Robredo urged mayors nationwide on Saturday to revoke or stop issuing business permits to business establishments in their areas which fail to comply with the fire safety requirements under the Fire Code of the Philippines.

The DILG chief made the move in the wake of reports that some mayors have allowed the issuance of business permits to some establishments in their areas despite the local Bureau of Fire Protection’s recommendation to revoke them pending compliance with the fire safety code under Presidential Decree 1195.

“We would like the public to understand that we are doing this for them. We do not want to make it difficult for those establishments but (public) safety cannot be sacrificed,” Robredo told the mayors.

He reminded the mayors about the tragic fire on December 19, 2010 in Tuguegarao City in Cagayan, where 16 persons died, many of them students about to take their board examinations.

The DILG head noted that the owners of the burned building, the Bed and Breakfast Pension House, failed to comply with the requirements of the Fire Safety Code.

Under the DILG and BFP policy, all BFP regional directors are required to submit to all mayors a quarterly report of all establishments/buildings in their areas that are considered “high risk” and were not granted the required fire safety inspection clearances. (PNA)

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