Gaisano to be forced to comply with fire exit violation – BFP Malaybalay

MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net/January 24) The Bureau of Fire Protection will be sitting down with the management of Gaisano Mall Malaybalay to ensure compliance to the country’s fire code over their lack of secondary fire exits, Senior Inspector Lloyd Villaroya said.

Villaroya, newly designated Malaybalay city fire chief, said over the years the mall paid only for penalties for the violation. The penalty for the violation is P25,000, he added.

He said due to the recent fire tragedies involving malls, he received an order from Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri to ensure the company will comply this time.

“Lack of secondary fire exit is a big (violation). Gaisano will have to execute an affidavit of undertaking that they will comply given a time frame,” he said.

He clarified that Gaisano has an existing fire exit but it’s not safe because it leads people to an area inside the building.

Rachel Gimina, Gaisano Malaybalay local manager on January 24 did not give a  comment on the alleged violation but said she has referred it to their office in Cagayan de Oro City.
The City Council here has urged the Bureau of Fire Protection to immediately ensure that Gaisano’s Malaybalay Mall will comply with Republic Act 9154 or the Comprehensive Fire Code of the Philippines, Councilor Rendon Sangalang told BukidnonNews.Net.

He said BFP Malaybalay told the city council that the mall does not have a secondary fire exit for years and had been imposed with penalties for such violation.

Sangalang, a lawyer, said the violation is a serious matter considering the danger it poses to citizens in case of fire.

He clarified that they only want to ensure the mall will comply and be given time to comply.

“If they still could not (do that), then we might as well consider revoking their business permit,” he added.

He said the mall must follow the rules and regulations on fire safety to avoid untoward incidents like those that happened recently in malls in Davao and Cebu cities, which claimed lives.

Villaroya appeared at the council’s session hall on January 23 for a courtesy call. He said they are set to inspect the mall and meet the manager to discuss on the violations.

The new city fire marshal promised to provide the copy of their investigation on the alleged violation report of the mall.

The City Licensing Office said they released the renewed business permit of Gaisano Malaybalay on January 22.  (Mel B. Madera and Walter Balane with a report from Rashia Mae Deva E. Paano/Development Communication intern from Bukidnon State University)