Golez seeks review of the fire code law

BACOLOD CITY Rep. Anthony Golez r has filed a resolution requiring all private and publicestablishments to install an “Automatic Fire Sprinkler System (AFSS).”

Golez (Lone District, Bacolod City) said House Resolution 2582  seeks to amend Republic Act No. 9514, otherwise known as the Fire Code of the Philippines of 2008.

Golez said there are existing and effective fire safety measures that can be required for buildings that are not suitable or appropriate with the AFSS.

“It is imperative to review the implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. 9514 with regards to the mandatory requirement of installing the AFSS in all private and public buildings and structures,” Golez said.

Golez said such requirement should be revisited and amended accordingly so that building owners and businessmen can properly comply with the mandate of R.A. 9514 and properly protect the public
from the hazards of fire.

Golez added that the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Office of the President should immediately extend the period of compliance with the AFSS requirement in the Implementing
Rules and Regulations of R.A. 9514 while it is being reviewed.

Golez said the Memorandum Circular No. 2011-06 of the DILG should be extended for 15 more months from February 13, 2013.

“The existence of Memorandum Circular No. 2010-17 of the DILG does not properly address the pressing concerns of building owners and businessmen in their efforts to comply with R.A. No. 9514 and help
ensure the safety of the public from fire hazards,” Golez said.

Golez said the Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. No. 9514 also use standards from the National Fire Protection of the United States of America (NFPA), which sets the principles that a standard or requirement like the AFSS shall not apply to facilities equipment, structures, or installations that existed or were approved for construction or installation prior to the effective date of the standard.

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