Task force tackles bodega permit, fire clearance PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 16:16

Task Force Pacific, the body charged to probe on the firecracker explosion at a warehouse in Canelar last January, convened yesterday morning to study issues concerning the fire inspection certificate of the concerned company vis-à-vis its recommendations as a result of the investigation.

This, as the City Administrator’s Office last Friday ordered the closure of Pacific Hardware Enterprises for operating without a business permit.

Mayor Celso Lobregat said the firm’s owner, has formally written the city government seeking a 30-day reprieve to work on the fire inspection certificate with the Bureau of Fire and other requirements for the renewal of the business permit.

Last February 3, the Task Force it is recalled has submitted its recommendations to Mayor Lobregat following a thorough probe on the January 28 fire and explosion incident at the Pacific warehouse in Canelar. One of the recommendations was the “cancellation or non-renewal of Business Permit and License for retailer hardware, billboard, signboard and advertisement issued by the City Government for purchasing firecrackers and other pyrotechnic materials from a manufacturer/dealer in Bulacan which is not the line of business as stated in his Mayor’s Permit”.

Such recommendation was made after it was learned that some of the receipts of firecrackers were consigned to the Pacific Hardware Enterprises-Zamboanga JA Trading Corporation and not to the Pacific Fireworks which had the license for the distribution and sale of the firecrackers.

Records show that the Pacific Hardware was issued a Mayor’s Permit for the operation as retailer/hardware billboard, signboard and advertisement on March 4, 2010 with expiry date December 31, 2010.  Pacific Fireworks on the other hand, was issued a Mayor’s Permit as a Dealer of Firecrackers/Pyrotechnic Devices on October 07, 2010 and expired on December 31, 2010.

Mayor Lobregat said the task force will discuss the issue not only because of the fire inspection certificate but also because of its recommendations.

The task force is headed by District Fire Marshall F/Supt. Jaime Ramirez with representatives from the following as members—City Department of Interior and Local Government, National Bureau of Investigation, City Police Office-Director, Task Force Zamboanga, Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit, SOCO-PNP-Region-9, Bomb Squad, Police Investigation Division, FESAGS, City Administrator, City Health Officer, City Engineer and the Assistant City Planning Officer.

Other than the administrative liabilities, the company/companies concerned are also facing criminal cases which are under trial at present.

It is recalled that at least 35 people including 3 firemen were injured as a result of the series of powerful explosions on that fateful day in Canelar. — Sheila Covarrubias