Around 4,000 boarding houses, commercial or business establishments, and government buildings are regularly being inspected for fire safety as a pre-requisite in securing their business permits, the Bureau of Fire Protection in Negros Oriental said.
The BFP said there is need to ensure the safety and protection of the inhabitants of these buildings, and has called on the public to be security and fire safety conscious.
The Bureau is observing the Fire Prevention Month with intensified fire safety education drive, inspection of residential and commercial establishments and the strict enforcement of the Fire Code of the Philippines, or Presidential Decree 1185.
Dumaguete City fire marshal Arnulfo Sayson said the public is reminded to be vigilant to reduce the risk of fire, especially as the summer is getting hotter, a press release from the BFP said.
The observance, on the theme “Sunog at Sakuna Paghandaan, Kalikasan ay Pangalagaan nang Matamasa ang Pag-unlad ng Bayan,” instills to the citizenry the importance of preparedness to help prevent the occurrence of fires and the protection of the environment.
He admitted they are not capable of fighting skyscraper, or high-rise building fires, due to lack of proper tools and equipment.
“Even a three-storey building is difficult for us without suitable firefighting gears as smoke hampers the operations,” Sayson said.
He noted that high-rise infrastructure and hotels are now being constructed in Dumaguete City, and the BFP is strict about its fire protection system requirements before a building permit can be secured.
He added they also requested the city, through the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, for three small units of water tankers that can penetrate narrow and congested areas.
The Dumaguete City government had earlier said it has allotted P12.743 million to purchase three water tankers capable of storing 3,000 liters of water each, and another 12,000-liter tanker for the BFP.
Jose Chiu of the CDRRMO said the big tank will cost P12.5 million and the three others P81,000 each, or P243,000.
Meanwhile, the BFP said the capabilities of the fire stations in Tanjay and Bayawan will soon improve, with their receipt of one fire truck each from the Bureau main office in Manila.
Fire Insp. Allan Patrocinio also urged the public to be conscious of fire prevention measures to avoid loss of lives and properties.*
back to top