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Ping to DILG: End fire extenguisher racket!


It is high time the Department of Interior and Local Government step in to end the fire extinguisher racket at the Bureau of Fire Protection, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Monday.

Lacson lamented the “perennial” problem of applicants being forced to buy overpriced fire extinguishers in exchange for fire safety inspection certificates.

“One time or another may experience kami riyan. Di nyo ba ma-solve? Nakakahiya,” he said at the Senate hearing for the DILG’s budget for 2019.

He said applicants for fire safety inspection permits would be told to buy fire extinguishers from suppliers “referred” to by the BFP.

These fire extinguishers would cost P5,000 each, more than twice the P2,000 being sold by other suppliers.

“Kung di ka bibili sa supplier matagal lumabas ang permit,” Lacson said.

“Kindly seriously look into that. Di lang embarrassing kundi counterproductive. Imagine ilan pa-construct ng bahay o building they will be confronted with that kind of issue,” he told DILG officials at the hearing.

Lacson also noted such acts, while constituting petty graft, threaten to paint a negative image of the government especially for those in remote areas.

For his part, DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano said they have set up one-stop shops in municipalities and cities.

He also said they are doing everything “to erase the bad image of the BFP for these malpractices.”