Fire reduces around 100 houses in Quezon City to ashes

Maris Federez   •   January 1, 2020   •   1427

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Around 100 houses were reduced to ashes as fire razed Barangay Vasra in Quezon City an hour before the turning of the new year.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said the fire immediately reached task force alpha on Palanas street at around 11 in the evening on Tuesday (Dec. 31) which left residents scurrying to leave the place with whatever household items they can bring.

Most of the households in the area were busy preparing for the new year festivities when the fire broke out.

The BFP firefighters declared fire out at past 1 in the morning.

Investigation on the cause of the fire is now in place said the BFP. — (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

Senate OKs bill seeking BFP modernization

Robie de Guzman   •   March 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate has approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to strengthen the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) by providing modern firefighting tools and life-saving equipment, additional personnel, and relevant training of personnel.

Voting 23-0, the Senate passed on Monday Senate Bill No. (SBN) 1832 or the BFP Modernization Act, which aims to help the BFP pursue its mandate of promoting public safety by saving lives and protecting property in times of emergencies.

Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, who chairs of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs and sponsor of the measure, said that the proposed measure will ensure that the BFP will be well-quipped and sufficiently manned to suppress fire incidents and respond to calamities.

“With the help of SBN 1832, we can ensure that we will have enough fire officers, fire trucks, personal protective equipment and other equipment needed to suppress deadly fires. Also, it will allow BFP to effectively perform their duty as first responders during accidents and other emergencies,” Dela Rosa said in a statement.

The bill expanded BFP’s functions to include prevention and suppression of fire in all buildings, houses, and other structures located inside economic zones, agro-industrial economic zones, free ports, and special economic zones, Information Technology (IT) parks/centers, tourism economic zones, and other similar entities.

Added to the agency’s functions is its duty to respond to natural and man-made disasters and assist in rescue and emergency medical services provided that the BFP would coordinate and cooperate with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and Local Government Units.

The modernization program shall consist of components, such as fire protection service, force restructuring and organizational development, capability, material, and technology development, specialized services development, and human resource development.

“Again, with the help of Congress, our dream to have firetrucks and fire stations in every municipality could be achieved; hopefully, we can see firefighters with protective equipment while suppressing deadly fires; no more stories of fatalities due to lack of ambulances during accidents and emergencies,” Dela Rosa said.

Dela Rosa assured the public that the higher chamber will appropriate proper funding for the modernization of the BFP.

“The passage of this bill is the first step towards the modernization of the BFP. Rest assured that we will see to it that this law will be implemented properly,” he said.

“We will also ensure that our annual national budget will include sufficient funds for the programmed projects of the BFP for their modernization program,” he added.

Mag-lola patay sa sunog sa Mandaluyong City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 18, 2021

Patay ang mag-lola sa sunog sa Barangay Addition Hills sa Mandaluyong City madaling araw ng Huwebes, ika-18 ng Pebrero.

Nabulabog ang mga residente ng Block 39, Barangay Addition Hills nang sumiklab ang apoy sa isang bahay pasado alas-12 ng madaling araw.

Batay sa ulat ng Bureau of Fire Protection, dalawang bahay ang naapektuhan ng sunog na umabot sa first alarm. Agad ring naapula ang sunog matapos ang isang oras.

Ngunit kinumpirma ng BFP na dalawang indibiduwal ang nasawi matapos maipit sa loob ng nasunog na bahay. Kinilala ang mga biktima na sina Pacita Lamac, 55-taong gulang, at apo nitong si Althea Monique Salumbides, 13-taong gulang.

Ayon kay Barangay Captain Carlito Cernal, nasa third floor ang mag-lola nang sumiklab ang apoy sa katabing bahay nito na unang nasunog. Gawa sa light materials ang bahay ng pamilya Lamac kaya mabilis na kumalat ang apoy.

“Sadly, hindi nakalabas kasi ang sabi doon sa mga nakakakilala sa pamilya na ang ibang hagdanan masikip din, at iyon nga mabilis ang apoy kasi nga puro light materials ang kanilang tinitirhan,” aniya.

Wala nang iba pang napaulat na nasugatan sa insidente. Inaalam pa ng BFP ang sanhi ng sunog bagaman nakita umano ng ilang residente na may usok mula sa likuran ng isa sa mga apektadong bahay.

Kasalukuyan nang tinutulungan ng lokal na pamahalaan ang nasa 10 pamilyang naapektuhan ng sunog. (Ulat ni Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Ilang bahagi ng munisipyo sa Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro nasunog

Robie de Guzman   •   February 9, 2021

Nasunog ang ilang bahagi ng munisipyo ng Pinamalayan sa Oriental Mindoro pasado alas-dos ng madaling araw ng Martes.

Ayon sa Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Pinamalayan, umabot sa ikalawang alarma ang sunog at tumagal ng tatlong oras bago tuluyang naapula ang apoy.

Sa laki ng sunog, sinabi ng BFP na kinailangan nila ang tulong ng iba pang kawani ng ahensiya mula sa mga kalapit na bayan ng Socorro, Pola, Gloria, Bansud, at Bongabong.

“Pagka ito lang ating Bureau of Fire and Protection-Pinamalayan lang ay hindi po kakayanin kasi kalat po yung apoy niya. Nag-start po dine sa may Treasurer’s Office ngayon po ay nag dire-diretso gawa po ng mga papel nga po,” ang pahayag ni SF04 Benjamin Navarro, hepe ng BFP-Pinamalayan.

Aniya, bagama’t yari sa semento ang gusali ay kahoy naman ang flooring nito kaya mabilis na kumalat ang apoy.

Kasama sa mga nasunog ang opisina ng Municipal Treasury, Municipal Assesor’s Office, DTI at opisina ng Bids and Awards Committee.

Naisalba naman ang ilang mahahalagang dokumento mula sa mga nasunog na tanggapan.

Inaalam na ng mga otoridad ang posibleng sanhi ng sunog at ang halaga ng iniwan nitong pinsala. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspendent Jerickson Buñag)

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