Fire inspectors are not allowed to recommend a specific company for the installation of sprinklers in business establishments, Bacolod City Fire Marshal Bartolome Beliran, said yesterday.
Beliran said that when building owners inquire about companies that install sprinklers, the inspectors can only give them the list but can not recommend a particular company, otherwise complaints can be made against them at the office of the Bureau of Fire Protection.
Five months after the end of the moratorium on the retroactive implementation of the sprinkler system ended on February 14, some business establishments in Bacolod City have already complied and many are still in the process of doing it, Beliran said.
The BFP continues to inspect business establishments in Bacolod for the renewal of their business permits and those who fail to comply were given notices, he also said.
Beliran added that those who need additional time to comply were told to file a certificate of undertaking stating the date on when they can fully install the sprinklers.
Former Bacolod Vice Mayor Ramiro Garcia a member of the Bacolod Ad-Hoc Committee on the Fire Code of the Philippines, said many businessmen were complaining that their permits could not be released even if they are already fully paid, because the BFP did not sign them for the non-installation of the sprinklers.
Businessmen in Bacolod had asked Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II for an additional six months to one year extension on the moratorium but it was not granted.*APN