THE inspection of boarding houses by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Iloilo City is still ongoing to ensure their safety, especially with the opening of classes drawing close.
BFP-Iloilo City Fire Marshal Jerry Candido said foremost among their concerns was to ensure the safety of students staying in various boarding houses in Iloilo City. He hoped to inspect at least 30 percent of the boarding houses.
The inspection though will start when operators renew their permits for their boarding house operation.
He conceded that BFP found it difficult to trace all the boarding houses in the city because not all comply with the requirements. Also, not all boarding houses are typically built to house big number of tenants, most are former residential houses.
“Admittedly there are still many boarding houses that we don't know exist as boarding houses because some of it we thought, as residential houses. Especially those who cater only from five to six boarders,” Candido said.
He added that in Iloilo, there were only a few structures considered as ideal boarding houses, like dormitories. Most of these residential houses turned to boarding houses are located in the congested barangays.
Appropriate fire exit, emergency light, alarm system if the boarding house is a two-story or more, fire exit drill and fire wall, which depends on the location are the requirements of the BFP to issue a permit.
Non-compliant boarding houses are given 15 days to comply. Otherwise, their names are forwarded to the Iloilo City Boarding House Commission or the Business Processing and Licensing Office for appropriate action. (PNA)