Three commercial establishments in Bacolod City were temporarily closed Friday pending compliance with the Bureau of Fire Protection safety requirements.
The closure of a hotel and two pension houses was recommended by the Permits and Licensing Division of the Mayor's Office after a joint inspection it conducted together with the BFP, and the Office of the Building Official, City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan said yesterday.
Bayatan said the BFP normally inspects establishments prior to their application for business permit.
Perhaps the BFP conducted their inspection earlier because of the recent fire incident involving the Java Pension House that claimed the lives of six persons, he said.
The Java Pension House had been inspected as early as September and was found compliant since it is an existing hotel. That is why the owner stayed there, Bayatan said.
The Java Pension House fire was not related to a safety requirement. It was intentionally set on fire, he said.
Bayatan said, the OBO and BFP conduct regular inspection before the issuance of a mayor's permit. There are times when the owners themselves request for an inspection.
Some hotels take time to comply with the safety requirements of the BFP because of many other requirements required of them like that of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, he said.
However, these are not related to safety but are more on health and the environment, he added.
Bayatan said there were establishments that have sprinkler systems that need repair and maintenance, so they were required to observe strict compliance with safety requirements.
He said they could not yet divulge the names of the establishments that were ordered temporarily closed due to the privacy law, or not until they have made the compliance official.
After they have inspected all hotels, they will start inspecting all boarding houses to ensure the safety of their guests, especially transient boarders Bayatan added.*
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