THE BAGUIO City government is strengthening its bid to keep customers safe and to ensure a fast response to accidents and calamities after the mayor signed an alarm system inspectorate order.

Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. formed a team consisting of representatives from the City Building and Architectures Office (CBAO), Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), Bureau of Fire Protection-City Office, City Engineering office and Public Order and Safety Division to conduct ocular inspections on business establishments in the city, which may require alarm systems.

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The administrative order (AO) is an offshoot of the 2008 ordinance requiring establishments in the city to provide efficient, effective and working alarms systems within their premises to be used during emergency.

The ordinance mandates business establishments to provide compulsory alarm system for their own and general safety and to enable authorities to provide help and rescue immediately to people at risk.

Bautista said: "In times of natural and man-made calamities, where help and rescue is a dire necessity, it is vital rescue teams are alerted to enable immediate access to potential victims."

He added: "There is a need to create the Alarm Systems inspectorate which will conduct ocular inspections [of the businesses' compliance to the 2008 ordinance]."