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Cebu LGU orders fire safety inspections of its facilities: Mahirap masunugan

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The Cebu provincial government has ordered a fire safety inspection of its facilities, in the wake of a 40-hour fire that hit the Metro Ayala mall in Cebu City.

Governor Hilario Davide III ordered that the inspection cover all Capitol-owned facilities and buildings, including in the towns and cities of Cebu province.

“I asked Engr. (Hector) Jamora to check on the Capitol and Legislative buildings, especially stock rooms and bodegas and its electrical wirings,” said Davide.

Fire safety inspection by the Bureau of Fire Protection is one of the requirements for the renewal of all business permits in the province.

The renewal of such permits is set for this month.

Earlier this month, a fire hit the Metro Ayala mall and damaged portions of the department store.

In December 2017, a fire hit the NCCC mall in Davao City, killing nearly 40 people.

Meanwhile, Davide said he asked the Provincial Engineer to check as well the district and provincial hospitals and Capitol-owned facilities in towns and cities.

For his part, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office head Baltazar Tribunalo Jr. said they will follow-up the inspection of schools, hospitals and municipal buildings.

“We need to refresh their knowledge on how to use fire extinguishers and check their electrical wirings,” he said.