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BFP Roxas City sets inspection on boarding houses, dorms

by A. Lumaque

Roxas City (24 May) -- The Office of the City Fire Marshal of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) here will conduct a safety inspection of boarding houses and dormitories in preparation for the upcoming school opening in June.

"We will coordinate with the city government?s licensing office and barangay officials to help us in the inspection to ensure a fire-free school opening season," said BFP ? Roxas City Fire Arson Investigator and Public Information Officer (PIO) Chief FO2 Marlon Garbo.

Based on BFP records, only 11 boarding houses and two dormitories have renewed their permits for 2010.

Garbo added that the inspection intends to ensure the safety of the students, especially that "we expect students from distant areas from this city will occupy rented rooms."

Republic Act 9514 or the Fire Code of the Philippines 2008 introduces stringent penalties aside from shorter grace period to comply with on mandatory fire safety violations.

Under Sec. of the Code, the owner, administrator, occupant or other person responsible for the condition of the building structure and their premises or facilities who violates any provision of the Fire Code shall be penalized by an administrative fine of not exceeding fifty thousand pesos or stoppage of operation or by closure of such buildings, structures and their premises or facilities.

The law also specified that a willful failure to correct the deficiency is punishable by imprisonment of not less than six months nor more than six years or a fine of not more than P100,000. (PIA) [top]

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