MANILA — The tandem of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. and Mayor Inday Sara Duterte see the need for the immediate and full implementation of the law seeking to modernize the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), to enhance its efficiency and capability.
As the country observes Fire Prevention Month, the ticket said BFP should recruit more firefighters, and provide them with specialized training.
The UniTeam added that implementing Republic Act 11589 or the “BFP Modernization Act of 2021” which was enacted into law last year would transform the BFP into a modern and world-class institution within ten years.
“Kung kayang gawin ito sa loob ng mas maikling panahon, gagawin natin dahil ang BFP hindi lang sa sunog, rumeresponde. Tumutulong din ito kapag may iba pang kalamidad,” the duo stated.
Aside from providing the BFP with modern firefighting tools and life-saving equipment, more employees, and training, the said law also broadens the BFP’s mandate by including fire prevention and suppression in economic zones, disaster risk response, and emergency management.
“We are observing Fire Prevention Month this March. It is ironic that, as we have experienced in the past years, parang mas maraming nangyayaring sunog kapag ganitong buwan. We have to improve the services and capabilities of the Bureau of Fire Protection to make it more responsive,” the UniTeam said.
March statistically has the most number of fire incidents during the year mainly because it is during this month that summer or hot weather starts in the country.
In a related development, the UniTeam has called on the public to observe proper fire safety practices to prevent setting their houses on fire, which could put the lives of their loved ones and others around them in peril.
“Mag-ingat po tayo, lalo na sa ating mga tahanan para maiwasan po ang sunog dahil hindi lang mga ari-arian ang natutupok, maaari ring kumitil ng buhay,” the duo reminded the public. (ai/mtvn)