Task Force to inspect dorms, boarding houses PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 11:34

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

A task force is set to make the rounds of the different dormitories and boarding houses in the city, specifically those within school zones to check on their compliance with laws.

Headed by the City Treasurer’s Office, Task Force Dormitory, created by the Office of the City Mayor, conducts the inspection before and during opening of classes when the boarding house and dormitory business is at its peak due to the presence of out of town college students.

The inspection will cover compliance to the Fire and Building codes including Zoning law.

In a stakeholders meeting Monday, presided by Acting Mayor Cesar Iturralde and OIC City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario in preparation for opening of classes on June 13, Jeboni  Dizon of the City Treasurer’s Office said the task force is currently digging out records in the Business Permits and Licensing System to check on the renewal of business permits by boarding house and dormitory operators. This, she said is in preparation for the deployment of the task force anytime soon.

Initial check with the BPLS, 119 operators of boarding houses and dormitories applied for renewal of business permits but only 43 were actually issued with the permits as of Monday, May 23.

In 2015, the task force discovered that out of the 70 boarding houses and dormitories operating, only 28 were complaint.

The task force is composed of personnel from the City Treasurer’s Office, Business Permits and Licensing Division under the Office of the Mayor, City Engineer’s Office, City Planning and Development Coordinator’s Office, Bureau of Fire Protection and Zamboanga City Police Office—agencies that are involved in regulating requirements for the issuance of business permits. -Sheila Covarrubias