March 31, 2023

LAGAWE, Ifugao – The Bureau of Fire Protection is now implementing Oplan Ligtas Pamayanan (OLP) on the road real-time monitoring using the Google Maps sharing application to adapt to the new normal due to Covid-19 pandemic,.

Information officers, SFO1 Cecil Indopia of BFP-Ifugao and FO1 Madelyn Dulay of BFP-Lagawe, said since September, their offices have been maximizing the live virtual opportunity provided by Google.

Google Maps is one of the most widely used services nowadays, an incredibly versatile tool, which is quick and easy to handle starting from measuring the distance between two locations to providing directions to drivers and users. It also helps users in various ways.

With the OLP system, all roving activities are monitored by the regional, provincial, and district offices through online and real-time activity monitoring using the Google Maps Share Location as host. Roving activities begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. every day, subject to actual schedule in the implementation plan of the station.

Indopia and Dulay said in the old OLP, they conducted their activities through face-to-face interactions, such as distribution of flyers, drills, house-to-house survey, ocular inspection of areas with the Community Fire Auxiliary Group (CFAG) and barangay officials, training of CFAG, and crafting of Community Fire Plan, Mapping, and Tagging.

In the new OLP on the road, information, education, and communication activities are done through fire trucks roving around the communities. BFP personnel go to the barangays and announce different topics each week or every two weeks. IEC activities are also done online or through Facebook.

Among the topics discussed during the IEC are fire safety at home, electrical safety, fire safety in the workplace, and fire safety during typhoons.

For the Oplan Kaluluwa, the BFP will focus on fire safety during the All Saints Day and All Souls Day. – Daniel B. Codamon