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BFP to businesses:
Follow ‘sprinkler law’

The Bureau of Fire Protection will be sending out notices to owners of business establishments informing them that the moratorium on the retroactive implementation of the sprinkler law has already ended.

Bacolod City fire marshal Chief Insp. Bartolome Beliran said this would enable the owners of the business establishments to start installing sprinkler systems.

Beliran said that after they have sent out notices, they hope that the owners will comply with the law as it is for the safety of everybody.

Aside from the installation of sprinkler systems, the BFP personnel will also be checking on the compliance of the owners with the building and the fire code, he said.

The BFP on Friday told entrepreneurs in Bacolod City to install sprinkler systems in their establishments or they will be fined administratively, or face closure.

Businessmen in Bacolod had asked Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas for an extension of six months to one year on the moratorium but the request was not granted.

Architect Ramiro Garcia, member of the Bacolod Ad-Hoc Committee on the Fire Code of the Philippines, said they are giving up the fight versus the sprinkler law.*APN

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