Valley eyes boarding home regulations

VALLEY dads are bent on putting to order boarding homes.

Councilor Horacio Ramos said the municipality recognizes the increasing number of boarding houses within the town affecting public health, safety and general welfare of the community.

Ramos in a proposed law is determined to regulate the operation and maintenance of boarding houses to be able to provide proper housing conditions for residents.

To be able to assure living conditions are appropriate, the proposed law states it is the responsibility of the manager operating the home to check the availability of domestic supplies, proper structure condition, ventilation, lighting, toilet, sanitary facilities, dining and kitchen space, solid waste management, safety exits, fire protection equipment and first aid and other safety precautionary measures for occupants.

Boarding home operators should likewise create house rules and regulations for the guidance and compliance of tenants listed as boarding house registry system, minors also should not be accepted as tenants unless accompanied by parents or lawful guardians.

Ramos likewise emphasized persons responsible in the boarding home establishments should obtain all necessary business permit applications from the municipality before operating.

The proposed law covers all existing residential houses, buildings and structures converted or altered into a boarding house, all existing boarding houses, apartment houses, all buildings for construction intended for boarding houses within the municipality.

A task force will be formed composed of barangay representatives to inspect the certifications and requirements of each establishment.

Violators will be fined ranging P1,000 to P2,500 and charged with corresponding criminal liabilities as well as revocation of permits for closure of the business.

The ordinance passed its second reading last week. (Elamae Membrere)
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