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Climaco orders fire safety checks on all business bldgs.

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Mayor Beng Climaco has instructed Zamboanga City’s new district fire marshal Supt. Jhufel M. Brañanola to ensure that all the buildings in the city, particularly the different business establishments will undergo the necessary fire safety inspections.

Climaco issued her first directive to Supt. Brañanola during the press briefing yesterday morning in City Hall, stressing that the fire safety inspections are important “so that we will be able to respond to accordingly” in times of emergency.

The mayor’s directive came at this time of the year when the city government through the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) is in the thick of processing applications for new and/or renewal of business permits under a simplified system dubbed Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) at Centro Latino, Paseo del Mar.

One of the requirements for business permit is the Fire Safety Inspection Certificate (FSIC) from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

For his part, Brañanola assured the chief executive that fire safety inspections will be intensified on all registered and unregistered business establishments, especially those with high occupancies such as hotels, boarding houses, school buildings, churches and hospitals.

He said fire safety inspections will also be intensified on high hazard establishments like oil depots, refineries and factories, to include strict enforcement of the Fire Code of the Philippines (RA 9514 and its IRR), especially the installation of automatic fire suppression system (water sprinklers) and requiring all building structures to have sufficient and unobstructed fire exits.

The city’s new fire marshal also assured to maintain close coordination with the city building official and city engineer together with the Philippine Contractors Association in requiring all building contractors to submit their building plans to the BFP prior to the start of the construction for review and correction.

“This being so, because I received information that in the past this was not followed, in that construction of buildings pursued without passing for review by the BFP which resulted in buildings already erected but not in compliance with the fire code,” Brañanola said, adding that under that circumstance “both the BFP and the building owner will have problems in effecting the corrections because the building’s structural integrity will be affected.”

He also assured to maintain close coordination with the City BPLO so that no business permit shall be issued or granted without the required FSIC, even as he vowed to expedite the release of FSIC upon application and submission of the required documents.-(Vic Larato)