Brañanola proposes new amendments to fire code Print
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 15:53

By BHONG SIMBAJON

Zamboanga City District Fire Marshall F/Supt. Jhufel M. Brañanola has initiated some proposed amendments to the Fire Code of the Philippines (RA 9514) known as an “Act Establishing a Comprehensive Fire Code of the Philippines,” wherein it is the policy of the State to ensure public safety and promote economic development through the prevention and suppression of all kinds of destructive fires and promote the professionalization of the fire service as a profession.

Towards this end, the State shall enforce all laws, rules and regulations to ensure adherence to standard fire prevention and safety measures, promote accountability for fire safety in the fire protection service and prevention service.

During the Fire Service Convention in Davao City last June 8, 2018, attended by no less than Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Eduardo M. Año, Supt. Brañanola initiated three provisions of the Fire Code which he believes should be amended;

1. Proposed amendment to Fire Code imposing penalties and surcharges to buildings and establishments who failed to SECURE or RENEW Fire Safety Inspection Certificate (FSIC) for the preceding year;

2. Proposal to amend the fire code imposing immediate penalties in the form of administrative fines for the 1st offense to buildings or establishments who failed to provide sufficient fire exits or lack of it and to those who were found to have fire exits but were locked during inspection. It seems that the existing rule which is to order the owner or administrator to abate the hazard is not effective hence the recommendation to impose immediate penalty.

3. Issuance of a Memo Circular by the DILG directing LGU Executives and Heads of Government Offices to faithfully comply the provisions of the Fire Code of the Philippines involving government buildings and structures;

upt. Brañanola believes that the above-provisions should be included in the RA9514 as amended, so that the Bureau of Fire Protection can catch up with the trend of times and be updated in accordance to the demand on fire safety and standards under the new building code.

It is also deemed necessary for the LGU’s to do their part and be participative by imposing lawful sanctions to establishments who frequently violates the Fire Code provisions.

Brañanola firmly believes that with the inclusion of such proposed provisions, this will further strengthen and put more “teeth” to the lawful imposition of penalties to violators of the existing Fire Code of the Philippines. – Bhong Simbajon/RMN News