The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is asking business establishment owners to cooperate in the intensified fire safety inspection that started today 05 June 2015 in Valenzuela, Caloocan, Malabon and Navotas.

At least three hundred (300) fire safety inspectors were deployed to augment the fire safety inspection teams that will conduct inspections of Industrial and other High-Risk Occupancies in the said locations.

The Inspection Teams are directed to be in a complete BFP uniform General Office Attire (GOA) while conducting fire safety assessment inspection to avoid those who may take advantage and pose as BFP personnel.

“This move is to ensure that business operators abide with the laws pursuant to the Revised Fire Code of the Philippines otherwise known as Republic Act 9514”, BFP Director Ariel A. Barayuga said.

The BFP is mandated to protect lives and properties and it is also their duties to prevent destructive fires and ensure the safety of the community.

Under the Fire Code, a fire safety inspection shall be conducted by the Chief BFP or his/her duly authorized representative as pre-requisite to the grants of permits and/or licenses by local governments and other government agencies concerned.

The undertaking is part of President Noynoy Aquino III’s directive to inspect more than 300,000 factories in Metro Manila, after learning that 23 other factories in Valenzuela City had not been following fire safety regulations.

The President also stressed the need to prevent a repeat of the fire that destroyed a rubber slipper factory and killed 72 workers in Valenzuela City on May 13.