City Hall does not comply with fire, building standards

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Caprio admitted that the Davao City Hall does not comply with safety requirements for fire and earthquake.

In an interview Wednesday, February 28, Duterte-Carpio pointed out that the building is very old.

The present City Hall building has just been rebuilt from ruins after World War II, and has been undergoing renovations and extensions throughout the years.

"We already have a plan, but we are still having a hard time where to find the budget. The plan is to really renovate everything from the inside. We cannot renovate from the outside because it is prohibited by the National Historical Commission (NHC)," she said.

The building has been certified as a heritage building by the NHC.

She said they are still calculating how much the renovation will cost, which will include building rentals for temporary operation of the city offices to be affected by the renovation.

She added that she already instructed city heads to do small and doable fire and earthquake safety measures inside their offices.

"Those which will need major renovations will have to wait, the only thing we can do so far are stop-gap measures to comply with the building code," she said.
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