BFP inspects business shops PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 July 2015 10:54

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Regional Office 9 headed by Regional Director Sr. Supt. Carlito B. Oceña, on instructions of  BFP National Headquarters, ordered 58 Fire Safety Inspectors (FSIs) to augment the present number of four inspectors in the conduct of thorough fire safety verification checks of business establishments/buildings in this city especially those considered with very high degree of hazards.

Zamboanga City Fire District (ZCFD) Fire Marshal F/Supt. Dominador F. Zabala Jr. said that the 58 FSIs are set to start their additional tasks on July 15, 2015 until December 15, 2015 only since records show that more than 5,000 establishments in this city have not yet secured their Fire Safety Inspection Certificate (FSIC) as of date which is a prerequisite in granting of business permit.

After Inspection Reports made by FSIs will be properly accomplished and submitted to the office of the DFM then subsequently forwarded to the BFP Regional Office and finally will serve as permanent record and included in the data base of the BFP Regional and National Headquarters as well as the Office of the President.  If something will happen of great disgrace to a certain establishment or building then it will be easy to pinpoint the responsible person/s who inspected it, Zabala said.

This developed after the directive or declaration of no less than President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III of the “NO FSIC NO BUSINESS PERMIT” policy nationwide after the tragic incident at Kentex Factory’s 2-storey structure in Valenzuela City,  Metro Manila, involved in manufacturing of rubber items, wherein 72 workers perished and millions of pesos worth of property destroyed in fire.

The Business One Stop Shop program of the DILG might be discouraged starting next year during renewal of business permits.

Zabala further urged all owners of business establishments and buildings in this city to extend full cooperation with FSIs as BFP is doing these activities to ensure the welfare and safety of the public against destructive fires.

In case of any concerns and/or complaints against erring FSIs. The public may always call our office at 991-0119 or 992-2313 for prompt/appropriate action on the matter, Zabala concluded.