Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia has requested newly-installed Bacolod Fire Marshal Chief Insp. Publio Ploteña to review the fire safety policies and preparedness of all the call centers in Bacolod City.
Leonardia yesterday said he also encouraged the holding of regular fire drills on the basis of reports on the Davao incident that their fire safety measures were questionable, including the physical structure.
He said they want to avoid any untoward incident in the call center industry in Bacolod. The Davao incident should serve as a lesson.
The call center industry is one of the crown jewels of Bacolod with an estimated 28,000 employees. They cannot afford that the industry will falter, Leonardia said.
He also took up the expectations of the city with Ploteña, he said.
“One thing we emphasized is the matter of our quest to make Bacolod very business-friendly. So I requested them if they can make the issuance of fire clearances as efficient and as responsive as can be,” Leonardia said.
But he also emphasized that there should be no shortcuts. They should stick to the rules, but never should they let businessmen or applicants have a hard time, he said.
Leonardia said these are the things he relayed to the Bureau of Fire Protection, especially with the installation of a new fire marshal.
“I'm sure he is not new to the territory and he is supposed to be familiar with the terrain in Bacolod, so we expect him to hit the ground running,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ploteña said that because of the campaign against firecrackers, they are happy that they have not received any fire call during the New Year.
Ploteña said they believe that the retailers of firecrackers and pyrotechnics have cooperated.
On the other hand, Leonardia said they will study seriously the request of the BFP to put up a fire substation in Bacolod and, maybe even ask possible national government assistance, because the city cannot afford it on the basis of its own resources.
He is willing to bring the matter up to the higher echelon of the Department of Interior and Local Government or the BFP, he added.*CGS
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