Task force checks on dorms, boarding houses PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 08:53

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

City Hall has created task force intended to check on the structural integrity and suitability of dormitories and boarding houses in preparation for the opening of classes for school year 2015-2016.

Task Force Dormitory is composed of personnel from the City Treasurer’s Office, City Engineer’s Office, Bureau of Fire Protection and the City License Division under the Office of the Mayor, according to City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr.

Orendain said the different offices have initially conducted individual inspections of boarding houses and dormitories in so-called university belts and the creation of the task force will consolidate their efforts.

Focus of the inspections will be the structural integrity of the buildings, compliance to fire code and other building regulations.

Subject of the inspections are the dormitories and boarding houses in areas near colleges and universities such as Western Mindanao State University, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Universidad de Zamboanga, Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College, Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology and numerous others located in Baliwasan, Jose, Governor Camins Road and the downtown area.

In its initial inspections, the City Treasurer’s Office discovered several boarding houses and boarding houses without business permits/licenses while the CEO and the Bureau of Fire Protection discovered some violations in the building and fire codes. The concerned owners were advised to make the necessary corrections and to comply the requirements or face sanctions.

Orendain said the Task Force is set to meet Wednesday, May 26 to map out its next plan of action.

The task force was one of the agenda during the Balik Eskwela stakeholders’ meeting presided by Mayor Beng Climaco on Monday in City Hall. — Sheila Covarrubias