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Group urges DOLE, BFP to conduct fire safety inspection on malls nationwide

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  • Labor group urged DOLE and BFP to conduct joint fire safety audit on malls nationwide
  • The TUCP said the two fires that razed a mall in Davao City and another one in Cebu City are symptoms of mall owners’ alleged disregard of building safety laws
  • The fire safety audit should coincide with the coming dry season when most fire incidents happen

In a span of just two weeks two major conflagrations razed two big shopping malls – one in Davao City and the latest one in Cebu City; prompting a group to call for a fire safety audit on all shopping malls in the country.

As mentioned in a Manila Bulletin story dated January 8, 2018, the labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) proposed that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) should conduct a joint fire safety inspection of shopping malls nationwide in order to minimize fire incidents.

TUCP President Raymond Mendoza was outraged by the fact that 38 people died in the NCCC Mall in Davao City on December 15, 2017 and that 15 days after, a huge fire razed another shopping mall, this time in Cebu City.

“It is outrageous to see another fire taking place in Metro Ayala mall and Gaisano mall in Cebu City when just 15 days ago 38 workers perished in NCCC Mall fire in Davao City. These are not isolated incidents. There is a widespread violation of malls owners to fire safety standards and compromise the safety of mall goers and well-being of mall workers to cut costs and make bigger profit for themselves,” Mendoza said in a statement on Sunday, January 7.

He added that the Metro Ayala Mall and NCCC Mall fires are symptoms of mall owners’ alleged wanton disregard of building safety laws.

The spokesman of Alliance of Labor Unions- TUCP, Alan Tanjusay, said the fire safety audit should coincide with the coming dry season when most fire incidents happen.

 

Article originally posted: January 9, 2018, 3:20 pm (UTC-0). Last update: January 9, 2018 at 3:20 pm (UTC-0).

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