Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Region 3 has lined-up activities for the observance of Fire Prevention Month amid the pandemic.
BFP Regional Public Information Officer Inspector Arvin Catipon shared that the agency capped “Oplan Ligtas na Pamayanan” on the road to reach out to the public and disseminate fire safety tips.
“Since the pandemic, social gatherings and face-to-face interactions became limited, but that would not stop BFP. What we do is we make continuous visitations to different places in the region involving small streets and barangays to provide fire safety, and fire prevention tips,” he disclosed.
Lectures given were in the form of audio-visual presentations, LED walls, and social media broadcasts.
Also, the agency spearheaded “Apoy at Lente” or Fire and Lens which is a feature film and photography festival to focus on fire prevention and other fire safety aspects.
“The program is in line with the agenda of the national headquarters. This is open to amateur, independent, or student filmmakers, videographers, and photographers,” he said.
On the other hand, Catipon highlighted that BFP is mandated not only on fire safety, prevention, and response, but also to address emergency medical services, and disaster rescue operations.
“Due to the pandemic, majority of our troops are not assigned to the station, as most of them are deployed to take charge of the Philippine Arena since the start of the mega swabbing facility there,” he explained.
The training for troops, he said, are more on lectures and conducted virtually as drills are put on hold.
Meanwhile, Catipon reminded the public of the strict prohibition of burning of open areas or of garbage which are the major causes of grass fires especially during the summer season.
“The misconception of many is that it is okay to burn areas or garbage as long as it is in their territories. We want to underscore that regardless if its outside or inside their territories, burning is still prohibited,” he explained
He said that violators could be implicated under Republic Act 9514 or the Fire Code of the Philippines, Solid Waste Management Act, and Clean Air Act which has corresponding monetary penalty and or imprisonment.
This year’s observance bears the theme “Sa Pag-iwas sa Sunog, Hindi ka Nag-iisa”. (CLJD/JLDC-PIA 3)By Jag Lyra D. Costamero/ CLJD/JLDC-PIA 3