Fire bureau to check boarding houses, dorms

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Friday, June 10, 2011

THE City Government and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Davao Region will conduct random inspections on all boarding houses and dormitories to ensure the welfare and safety of student transients.

Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, City Health Office (CHO) chief, said their office will be part of a team that will monitor the compliance of all boarding houses in Davao City.

Other members of the monitoring team are the city's Business Bureau, City Engineer's Office, and City Planning and Development Office (CPDO).


The CHO, Villafuerte said, will check the sanitary conditions of boarding houses.

"Based on reports reaching our office, there are some boarding houses that are so dirty and do not have the basic sanitary facilities," Villafuerte said.

Lawyer Jhopee A. Agustin, officer-in-charge of Business Bureau, said Monday that two of their teams are doing random inspection on boarding houses, especially those located near colleges and universities.

On June 13, both private and state-run schools in all levels are set to start their respective classes.

Agustin was not able to provide Sun.Star Davao the exact number of boarding houses with permits as it will take them few days before they could come up with a list.

She, however, assured that together with various agencies of local government and the BFP, they will make sure that boarding houses are livable and safe for students.

BFP spokesperson fire Inspector Nestor G. Jimenez in an earlier interview said boarding houses are among their top priorities in fire inspections.

For the first quarter of June, BFP has already issued warnings to at least 100 boarding houses. Of the 100, around 60-80 boarding houses and dormitories have already complied with the fire safety standards.

Meanwhile, in the entire Davao region, BFP has been monitoring around 200 boarding houses that are possibly violators of the fire code.

Jimenez also called on owners of boarding houses and dormitels that are fire hazards to comply with the fire code to avoid untoward incidents.

The fire bureau also noted that most of boarding houses, especially those located in squatter's area add more problems to the situation.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 10, 2011.

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