Jul 102013
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is now requiring homeowners in Bonifacio Global City to conduct their own inspection of their units following the explosion at the Two Serendra condominium on May 3.

The bureau will start giving out a “self-safety assessment and evaluation” checklist for the tenants to complete starting Wednesday, BFP officer-in-charge Carlito Romero said.

“Safety is a shared responsibility and interest… We’re on the same boat. This is a consultation, so we welcome comments,” Romero said in a statement.

An interagency task force determined that a gas leak caused the explosion, which claimed the lives of four persons, including three whose vehicle was crushed by a wall that was ripped off the unit.

The unit’s tenant, Angelito San Juan, succumbed to burns on July 4.

The owners should submit their accomplished checklists to their building administrators, the fire bureau said.

“Take advantage of this period, after which we will issue directives with or without comments,” Romero said.

Unit owners and building administrators have until July 19 to comment on the checklists, and have from July 20 to 26 to accomplish them, Romero said.

After an inspection and a directive to be issued in August, the BFP will inspect the units in BGC every three months, said Taguig city administrator Joel Montrales in the statement.

“For this to work, we need 100-percent compliance,” he added.

The Department of Interior and Local Government is expected to release the final report on the blast in two weeks’ time. Foreign experts have also joined the investigation.

Ayala Land president and CEO Antonino T. Aquino has already vowed that the company will “provide all the necessary assistance to ensure the completion of [the] investigation.”

The property firm has also shut down its centralized liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) distribution system as a precautionary measure. Marc Jayson Cayabyab/BM, GMA News

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