Issue of March 4, 2018
Mt. Province

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BFP reports most business in CAR compliant with Fire Code
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

Almost 100 percent of the business establishments in the Cordillera are fully compliant with the requirements set by the Philippine Fire Code, the regional Bureau of Fire Protection reported.

On the launching of the Fire Prevention Month on March 1 in Baguio City, BFP Regional Director Lilibeth Simangan said out of the 6,381 registered businesses in the region that the bureau inspected last year, 6,015 or 99.45 percent were found to have met the prerequisites for the issuance of a fire safety certificate.

She said more establishments were inspected last year because the bureau now has more trained personnel to conduct and cover a larger area for inspection.

In 2016, only around 37,000 firms were inspected.

Simangan said business establishments are inspected regularly, and in some cases at any time, to assure that they continue observing the terms of their clearance from BFP.

“We aim to cover all firms in the list of the all business permits and licensing offices in the region and attain 100 percent compliance to the fire safety requirements,” Simangan said.

To be certified, businesses must meet a checklist of standards depending on business structure, with the most basic are measurement of fire exits; presence and location of exit signs, emergency lights, evacuation routes in case of fire; automatic fire protection sprinkler system; and alarm system.

The BFP has also intensified information drive in barangays to educate and remind residential owners to take fire safety seriously by knowing the precaution and good practices to prevent fire incidents in their respective houses.

The campaign, Simangan said, is stepped up every time since the BFP, as provided by law, does not have the mandate to inspect houses.

“We really invest on info drive because fire safety is everybody’s concern. Everybody should know the importance of fire precautions in our home because our hard-earned possessions or worse members of our famly, may be gone in an instant if we do not take fire safety seriously,” Simangan said.

Based on their record, the top causes of fire are faulty electrical connection, unattended cooking, lighted cigarette, lighters and matches, and open flame by means of lamps or torches.

She added that the region is doing its best to make all municipalities in the Cordillera fully equipped. At the moment, 17 of the 77 towns/cities in the region still do not a fire station and fire truck: 14 in Abra, two in Ifugao, and one in Kalinga.

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