By Aileen P. Refuerzo
BAGUIO CITY – The city government has beefed up the regulations governing the management and operation of lodging establishments in the city.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan signed Ordinance No. 3 series of 2017 amending Ordinance No. 513 series of 1969 or “An ordinance regulating management, operation and maintenance of dormitories, boarding houses, hotels and tenement houses and providing for other purposes,” some provisions of which are already obsolete.
Councilor Joel Alangsab authored the measure which provides additional amenities for convenience and safety of students.
“With the observation that the ever increasing student population in the city has spawned attendant problems which the local law - Ordinance Numbered 513, Series of 1969 - may not be able to fully address, the necessity to revise and amend some of its provisions is therefore deemed vital to fine-tune its applicability under the prevailing circumstances,” the measure noted.
The ordinance provides that before business permits will be issued, the establishments will first be subjected to an inspection by the city’s composite team which will recommend whether the permit will be granted or not based on the compliance with the required amenities.
For the convenience of the boarders, the owners will be required to provide a well-ventilated study room equipped with reading tables, chairs and satisfactory Wi-Fi or internet connection for research purposes.
For their safety, owners will be required to install Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTVs) with a minimum of two units for each floor for big establishments and minimum of two for small or single storey buildings.
The composite team will be authorized to conduct announced and unannounced inspections to be coordinated with all the members and recorded with the city permits and licensing division.
The team will submit a report with recommendations to the city mayor and the city council as basis for the issuance of the permit.
The team will be composed of representatives of the Bureau of Fire Protection Baguio on check on the compliance with the requirements of Republic Act 9514 or the Revised Fire Code of the Philippines; the city buildings and architecture office to check on compliance with Presidential Decree 1096 of the National Building Code; the city health services office on the compliance with Presidential Decree 856 or Health and Sanitation Code of the Philippines; the public order and safety division to monitor and oversee compliance with pertinent laws;
The Baguio City Police Office to ensure compliance with the CCTV requirement, require owners to submit a list of their boarders, maintain a master list and check on compliance with curfew laws; the permits and licensing division to ensure their compliance with permits and fees required; and the Dept. of Labor and Employment on compliance with labor laws.
The inspection will again will conducted by the composite team before the renewal of the business permit will be granted each year.
Violators will be meted fines ranging from P1,000 to P2,000 for the first two offenses and revocation of the business permit and closure of the establishment for the third and succeeding offenses.