The Department of Interior and Government (DILG) has threatened to cut off the supply of gas in every building in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig City that will fail to conduct a safety check in its local gas distribution system.
Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas issued this statement after ordering for the general inspection of gas fittings in all 58 residential and commercial buildings that are connected to the centralized piped-in Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in BGC, The Fort.
“I asked to meet with all of you, the representatives of the buildings (here), to underscore, to stress, to highlight the importance of having the safety checks done,” Roxas said.
In a meeting Thursday afternoon, Roxas asked various BGC stakeholders and developers to help the government in inspecting the distribution of gas in their buildings to prevent an incident similar to the Serendra blast, which killed three people and injured 5 more on May 31.
The cabinet member gave building executives, officials, and administrators about 7 weeks to follow a binary safety check-list, which would ensure the safety of gas distribution in BGC, which is the first district to implement a centralized piped-in gas distribution system in the country.
He explained his department formulated the check-list with the help from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the local government units that coordinated with experts and engineers.
Roxas noted the inspection will also be asking for signatures from any member of governing bodies in all of buildings connected in BGC gas system. Signatories would be held liable should there be accidents in the future.
“We will conduct two kinds of inspection: One will be done inside the unit and the other one will focus on the interior system of the building themselves,” Roxas said.
"This is a firm request, an imposition for the safety of people in BGC," he noted.
The Interior secretary explained Fire Protection Code and a Taguig City ordinance authorized the government to impose on private developers and stakeholders in helping them with the inspection, which is targeted to end by July.
Roxas said they plan to conduct the inspection quarterly until DILG is assured about the safety of the gas system in BGC.
Citing a census from Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation, about 2,327 units use LPG gas coming from the piped-in gas system that is featured in 12 residential buildings in BGC.
He added about 258 active end-users of LPG gas from 49 commercial buildings that are not residential in nature like restaurants, stores, and other business establishments.