DILG tells BFP to intensify inspection of high-rise buildings

MANILA-- Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Undersecretary Catalino Cuy on Wednesday reminded the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to intensify fire safety inspection on high-rise buildings or establishments.

The BFP is an attached agency of the DILG.

Cuy issued the reminder following the 24-1 Grenfell Tower fire in London's North Kensington district that left 30 people dead and injured several others.

"We do not want a Grenfell Tower fire incident to happen in our country. Let us therefore ensure that high-rise buildings are regularly inspected and they comply with fire safety standards," Cuy said in a statement on Wednesday.

The BFP is required by law to conduct fire safety inspection of all buildings and establishments to determine their compliance with the provisions of the Fire Code of the Philippines (FCP).

Among others, buildings or high-rise establishments must have fire alarm systems, fire detectors, fire extinguishers and automatic fire sprinklers system (AFSS).

They must also have their own fire brigade to be trained by the BFP.

Cuy noted that the BFP-NCR (National Capital Region), led by Sr. Supt. Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tui, had a lot of responsibilities as Metro Manila had around 1,700 high-rise buildings or establishments.

High-rise establishments are mostly found in the cities of Makati, Manila, Quezon, Pasig, Pasay, Muntinlupa and Taguig.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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