TABUK CITY, Kalinga – To continue increasing awareness and vigilance against fire incidents and to drum up public support on Oplan Ligtas na Pamayanan (OLP), stations of the Bureau of Fire Protection intensified information-education drives on fire safety.
An innovation in the information drive is an open house for kids where a demonstration on the use of firefighting apparatuses before kindergarten learners of the Boundless Mind Development Tutorial Center has been conducted.
Pupils, their parents and guardians were toured around BFP facilities, tried fire-fighting apparatuses, and given crash course on the basics of fire control.
Tabuk City Fire Marshall S/Insp. Ronald Rivera said the traditional methods in disseminating information are still being conducted such as when they did an info campaign at Radyo Natin FM and Gimpong FM.
They also conducted fire drills simultaneous with the inspection of establishments such as government offices, hotels, boarding houses, resorts, hospitals, and public markets. Establishments with fire safety deficiencies were given notice to comply subject for follow-up checking.
Markets were also provided with fire hydrants and coordination was done with officials of Bulanao and Dagupan – the most populous barangays Tabuk – on the rollout of the OLP, a year-round BFP fire protection plan for the communities.
BFP Regional Director S/Supt. Robert Pacis expressed his appreciation to the city government for its support to fire safety and prevention activities during the regional culmination of the Fire Prevention Month with the theme, “Sa pag-iwas sa sunog, hindi ka nag-iisa”.
Pacis said he chose Tabuk City for the regional activity due because of the booming development in the city.
Mayor Darwin Estrañero, who was the guest of honor and speaker, commended all BFP personnel for their efforts in promoting fire awareness and prevention, encouraging them to continue safeguarding the populace against fire hazards.
A Medalya ng Papuri was also awarded to BFP personnel in the Cordillera for their outstanding performance, dedication, and commitment in maintaining community safety.
In the same event, Tinglayan Mayor Sacrament Gumilab and Tanudan Mayor Jaedicke Rhoss Dagadag requested for fire trucks for their municipalities to strengthen their fire response capabilities.
Pacis assured BFP-CAR would do its best to provide for their needs this year. – Peter Balocnit