Business: DILG Extends 2 Years to Comply Building Sprinkler Law
Businessmen are given two years to comply with the national law that requires the installation of sprinkler systems in the buildings. Fire Marshal Chief Insp.Pamela Rojane Candido of the Bureau of Fire Protection-Bacolod told the city hall press corps during the presscon the other day.
Candido said DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo issued Memorandum Circular 2014-06 giving the businessmen two years to comply with the installation of automatic fire suppression system (AFSS). Considering that the order took effect in 2011, the two-year period will lapse on February 14, 2013.
Other business owners have more or less made the necessary compliance with the law, while the installation of AFSS in some establishments is still ongoing. Other establishments have signed a moratorium giving them two years to comply with the law, she said.
Candido also said if other business owners would like to make another petition for the extension of the moratorium that will expire on Feb. 14, 2013, that is their prerogative.
Relative to this, Councilor Caesar Distrito said Robredo has requested Mayor Evelio Leonardia to arrange a meeting with the local businessmen when he arrived Saturday with President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III who attended the convention of the Liberal Party in Negros in Talisay.
During the meeting, Robredo asked the businessmen to come up with a position paper on their request for an extension on the implementation of the sprinkler system.
Distrito said the streamer installed along the main roads in Bacolod City that read "By Feb. 14, 2013, businesses in Bacolod will die. Mr. President, please help us!," only refers to the sprinkler issue and not any local issue in the city.
These businessmen were citing the deadline of Feb. 14, 2013 set by Bureau of Fire Protection Chief Director Rolando M. Bandilla, Jr. through Memorandum Circular No. 2011-06 directing all regional, provincial, city and municipal fire marshals regarding supplemental guidelines for an effective transitory compliance from the Old Fire Code (PD 1185) to the new Fire Code of 2008 (RA 9514), amending Section 188.8.131.52 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9514.
RA 9514 ushers in more stringent provisions in pursuance with the State policy and the Department’s mandate to further strengthen public safety, and ensure the effective implementation of different measures on fire protection and prevention, detection and suppression.
This was passed into law in 2008 but businessmen asked for a 2-year moratorium which was granted, but such moratorium will lapse on Feb. 14, 2013.
Insp. Publio Ploteña, Deputy City Fire Marshal said there were 41 business establishments in the city that have complied with the law. Others are still on the process of compliance as the installation of AFSS is ongoing. Candido said that the installation of the Automatic Fire Suppression Systems (sprinkler system) is a paramount concern insofar as public safety is concerned.
"There is no compromise when it comes to safety," she stressed..*