By Benilda A. Recebido
SORSOGON CITY, Oct 15 (PIA) — The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) headquarters in this city has started inspecting all establishments in anticipation of the yearly One-Stop-Shop Program for business permits renewal at the city hall on January 2013.
City Fire Marshal Senior Inspector Walter Badong Marcial said the BFP, together with the city employees, started their joint inspection on October 1.
Team members are composed of personnel from the offices of Permits and Licenses Section, City Treasurer’s Office, City Health Office, City Engineering Office, City Environmental and Natural Resources Office, City Zoning Administrators Office, and the City Veterinary Office.
As a prerequisite for the issuance of business permits and licenses, each business owners must first secure their fire safety inspection certificate (FSIC), which is being issued by the BFP.
“Business owners should comply with recommendations given by our fire safety inspectors. It is not merely about their permits and licenses but more on public safety to avert fire incidents,” Marcial said.
He also directed his personnel to strictly observe the implementing rules and regulations of RA 9514 or the “Fire Code of the Philippines of 2008.”
Marcial said they are strict in implementing the law to guarantee 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.
Under the said law, the BFP will enforce all laws and regulations to ensure adherence to standard fire prevention and safety measures, and promote accountability in the fire protection and prevention services.
Marcial also reminded the applicants to strictly conform to the fire safety standard and regulations of the BFP.
”Once a establishment violated the Fire Code of the Philippines, a notice to correct violation at a given grace period is conferred. On the other hand, if the owner failed to comply with the recommendations of the fire safety inspector, then they will be penalized with a corresponding amount of fine stipulated in the fire code and this will be paid to the authorized collecting officer of the BFP,” he said.
The official also enumerated the list of requirements needed for FSIC issuance for the benefit of the applicants as follows: photocopy of Electrical Inspection Certificate (City
Engineering Office), Fire Code Fees (City Treasurer’s Office), Fire Code Fees Payment (Collecting Officer of BFP), Photocopy of Insurance Policy Contract (if there is), and one documentary stamp.
Moreover, Marcial said BFP will continue to strictly enforce the fire code and it can also revoke the permit of any establishment found to be a fire hazard. (MAL/BAR/MGECorral-BFP SOrCity/PIA5)