Angara calls to address BFP’s firefighting capabilities

April 12, 2011 1:35 am 

MANILA, April 11 – Senator Edgardo Angara called on Monday the attention of the government to address the scarcity of firefighting equipment and facilities of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

The BFP recently admitted that the greater Manila area needs 87 more fire stations to be at par with international safety standards. Currently, there are 127 fire stations responding to multiple fire alarms each day throughout Metropolitan Manila.

According to the BFP, the funding for the individual fire stations come from the local government unit's annual budget.

"We have become so used to seeing fire breakouts on the daily news that we don't realize that we can do something about it. Right now, it's up to the local leaders to ensure that their constituents are protected from this kind of hazard," explained Angara.

Angara also underscored the need to continuously train the safety workers, especially those tasked to be the first responders in an emergency situation like a blaze or explosion.

"A huge responsibility is placed on these people's shoulders — maintaining the safety and security of fellow Filipinos. It's high time we focus on the welfare of these workers," urged Angara.

Early this year, Angara filed Senate Bill No. 2618 or the Philippine Public Safety College System Act of 2010. This bill seeks to create a training institution for our public servants tasked with enforcing the law and maintaining the safety of the people.

Uniformed bureaus such as the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology will be provided with continuing education and development through this college. (PNA)

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