Fire displaces 700 families in Navotas

Robie de Guzman   •   October 18, 2019   •   832

MANILA, Philippines – Hundreds of families in Navotas City have been displaced after a fire broke out in a residential area in North Bay Boulevard North early Friday morning.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said the blaze erupted at past 2:00 a.m., and reached fifth alarm in just a few minutes.

The fire quickly spread and razed around 200 houses that were mostly made up of light materials.

It was declared fire out around 6 a.m.

The Navotas City Risk Reduction and Management Office said at least 700 families were affected by the fire.

The BFP is still accounting if there are fatalities or missing persons. It also has yet to determine the cause of the fire. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Mas mababang kaso ng COVID-19, naitala sa Navotas City

Robie de Guzman   •   August 31, 2020

Nakapagtala ng mas mababang kaso ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ang Navotas City kasabay ng mga isinasagawang testing sa lungsod.

Ayon kay Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco, sa mahigit 4,000 positibong kaso ay mahigit 3,000 na ang gumaling mula sa sakit habang 123 ang nasawi. Nasa 494 naman ang aktibong kaso.

Mababa rin ang naitatalang bagong kaso ng impeksyon sa lungsod – mula sa 24 kaso ay 15 na lamang ito sa mga nakalipas na araw.

Ayon sa alkalde, maaaring nakatulong sa pagbaba ng kaso ang maigting na COVID-19 testing, hindi lamang sa mga nakatira sa lungsod kundi pa rin sa mga taga-ibang lugar pero sa Navotas nagta-trabaho.

“’Pag ang isang tao ay naging positive ay iko-contact trace natin siya within 24 hours. Ibig sabihin, dapat natin malaman within 24 hours kung sinong direktang nakasalamuha niya. After siyang ma-contact trace ay dadalhin na siya sa isolation facility,” ani Tiangco.

Hindi ho kami pumapayag ng home quarantine dahil karamihan nga ng hawaan ay nasa loob ng bahay,” dagdag pa niya.

Sa kabila nito, nanawagan ang alkalde sa mga residente sa lungsod na huwag maging kampante at ituloy pa rin ang pagsunod sa health protocols kontra COVID-19.

“Mahaba pa ito eh. Hindi naman porke’t bumaba na ‘yan ay dapat maging confident tayo. Of course, dapat matuwa tayo pero dapat, ang mas importante is, pagsikapan pa natin na lalong mapababa,” ani Tiangco.

Sa kasalukuyan aniya ay binibigyang prayoridad ng lokal na pamahalaan ang pagsusuri sa non-medical frontline workers gaya ng mga tsuper ng public utility vehicles, mga nagtitinda sa palengke at namamasukan sa grocery stores.

Naglagay na rin ng dagdag na isolation facilities sa lungsod upang mapalawig ang bed capacity at accommodation para sa positive cases.

Muli namang nanawagan si Tiangco sa mga residente na magsuot pa rin ng face mask at face shield sa tuwing lalabas ng bahay, panatilihin rin ang physical distancing at palaging maghugas ng kamay. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Modernization plan seen to boost performance of BFP

Maris Federez   •   July 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) on Tuesday, July 28, said it is looking forward to the planned modernization of the agency as mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte in his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

In a phone interview, BFP Director Jose Embang, Jr admitted that the agency is now being left behind as compared with the other fire departments in other countries.

Embang said that what they need to be on par with other countries in meeting and maintaining international standards is additional personnel, as well as equipment, training, and salary increase.

He said what the President mentioned in his SONA will be a great help to the agency.

“Ngayon lang nagkaroon, nabanggit ng isang Pangulo na dalawang beses ang modernization ng Bureau of Fire since last year, nabanggit n’ya na ‘yan, tapos ngayong nabanggit na naman n’ya. Given by the fact siguro na s’ya ay naging mayor sa Davao ng ilang dekada at nakita n’ya ang importance ng isang fire department sa isang bayan,” Embang said.

He added that the agency has only around 29,000 personnel nationwide and what they need is double that number.

He said that to be able to recruit the additional 30,000 personnel, they have to offer a more competitive salary.

He explained that more than being firefighters, the BFP is also among the first to respond to rescue operations during disasters and emergencies.

“Ini-ensure n’ya na ang lahat ng tao na nakatira sa mga establishment ay safe from destructive fires, isa lang ‘yun, prevention,” he said.

The BFP is also a support group to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in national emergencies and in fighting terrorism.

“Sini-secure n’ya ‘yung mga taong affected ng isang emergency bago ‘yung investigation, bago dumating ‘yung iba-ibang mga unit,” Embang said.

To perform these things, Embang said, the BFP would need equipment such as additional fire trucks, ladders, platforms, ambulances, rescue trucks, and hazardous materials trucks.

“Importanteng-importante po ‘yang hazardous materials truck, kasi ‘yan po ‘yung nagre responde sa mga chemical spill, sa mga bio kagaya ng COVID, sa mga radiological incident, ‘yan po ‘yung hazardous materials na tinatawag,” the BFP official further explained.

The agency is also planning to procure choppers to be used in transporting victims from high-rise buildings or forest fires, as well as rescue boats, and drones. — (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

Lockdown violators in Navotas City reach 3,896

Marje Pelayo   •   July 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The local police in the city of Navotas reported an increase in lockdown violators in the past weeks. 

From 3,600 on July 16, the number increased to 3,894 on July 23. 

As of Thursday (July 23), the city government has hit its target of 1,000 swab testing per day. 

Mayor Toby Tiangco announced that the community swab testing has also started, although only 577 individuals submitted for testing on the first day.

In his broadcast on Facebook, Mayor Tiangco encouraged Navoteños to avail of the opportunity to take the swab tests to immediately address whether anyone tests positive.

“Hinihikayat ko po ang lahat na makiisa o pumunta doon sa ating community swabbing (I am encouraging everyone to join in the community swabbing],” Mayor Tiangco said.

Mas mabuti na po kung alam nyo kung kayo ay may COVID-19 o wala. Ito lamang po ang paraan para malaman ninyo dahil karamihan po ng ating positive ay walang sintomas o asymptomatic (It would be better know if you have COVID-19. This is the only way to know it because most of our positive cases are asymptomatic),” he added.

He constantly calls on his constituents to heed the government-imposed health protocols to be able to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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