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EdPam orders strict inspection of malls, buildings in wake of Davao fire tragedy

Dec 27, 2017

ANGELES CITY. - Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has ordered a thorough inspection of malls and other buildings in this city pending the renewal of their business permits for 2018, as a measure to prevent fire tragedy that recently killed at least 37 employees of a firm in the NCCC Mall in Davao City.

Pamintuan said he tasked the Office of the City Building Official (OCBO) and the Angeles City Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to be strict in their inspections so that those who fail would be first required to comply with building standards before their business permits are renewed.

The order came after a fire broke out at the NCCC Mall in Davao City last December 23, killing 37 employees of a business outsourcing company in the mall. “It is better to be safe than be sorry later,” Pamintuan said.

“Davao City is known to be very meticulous in its inspection of business establishments but incidents like the fire that gutted the NCCC Mall still happen. Hence, there is a need to instill additional measures to ensure the safe and minimize if not totally eliminate a similar occurrence,” Pamintuan noted.

The OCBO and BFP conducts annual inspection of malls and buildings, and clearances or certifications from these offices are requirements in the issuance of business permits from the city government.

“I am also directing the Business Permit and Licensing Division (BPLD) to immediately revoke the permits of business establishments that do not comply with the requirements of OCBO and BFP,” Pamintuan said.



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