Thousands of workers, mostly daily wage earners, would be displaced once factories are closed down. Arson investigators said the fire was caused by sparks from a welding job near the main door that ignited flammable chemicals stored in the area.
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Read More. I Agree. After taking the blame for allowing the Kentex footwear factory to operate even without a fire safety inspection certificate FSIC , the Valenzuela City government on Thursday ordered the immediate closure of establishments that do not have clearance from the Bureau of Fire Protection BFP.
Defending the issuance of the business permit, he cited memorandum circulars from the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Department of Trade and Industry and the BFP which he claimed gave local government units the mandate to issue temporary business permits, based on a one-stop shop policy that was meant to cut red tape and speed up the processing of business permits.
It ordered all business establishments in the city to present their valid fire safety inspection certificates to City Hall within 7 days from receipt of the directive.
The President, in a news conference he himself presided last June 1, said local officials of Valenzuela City could be charged with reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and falsification of documents because of the tragedy.