Mahigit 20 pamilya, nawalan ng tirahan matapos matupok ng apoy sa Bacolod city

admin   •   September 3, 2014   •   2272

Mahigit 20 pamilya, nawalan ng tirahan matapos matupok ng apoy sa Bacolod city kahapon ng tanghali, Martes (UNTV News)

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines — Umaabot sa 20 bahay ang tinupok ng apoy sa Bacolod city kahapon ng alas dose y media ng tanghali, araw ng Martes.

Ayon sa inisyal na imbestigasyon ng Bureau of Fire Protection, nagsimula ang sunog sa bahay ng kinilalang Omi at Botchoy Pitogo  sa Barangay 39,  Bacolod city.

Hindi parin matukoy ang tunay na sanhi ng sunog.

Sa poste gid naglupok ang kalayo, amo to nagdamo ang kalayo kay wala man sang may nagtawag bomber (Translation : Sa poste talaga nagmula ang apoy, ayon kumalat kasi di agad nakatawag ng bumbero),” saad ng isang saksi.

Mabilis na kumalat ang apoy dahil dikit-dikit ang bahay na gawa sa light materials.

Wala namang nasaktan o nasawi sa sunog na ideneklarang under control pasado ala-una ng hapon. (UNTV News)

Hotline 911, now for free; prank callers to face jail time – DILG

Maris Federez   •   August 9, 2019

The public can now make emergency calls to Hotline 911 anywhere in the country for free.

Department of the Interior and Local Government spokesperson, Usec. Jonathan Malaya, said anyone can now easily get connected with concerned government agencies for help.  

“Ginawa kasi nating libre ito para hindi maging sagabal yung walang load para sa ating mga kababayan na nangangailangan ng emergency response [We made this for free so we there will never be anymore hindrance for our fellowmen who need emergency response],” Malaya said.

Malaya added that after the call, the caller can expect a 5 to 7-minute response time from the authorities, in accordance with the President’s directive to strengthen the emergency hotline.

The hotline links to all police districts, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and the Bureau of Fire Protection.

Malaya, however, warns the public that prank calls on Hotline 911 will be meted out with not more than Php40,000 fines or jail time of not more than five years.

“So kung kayo po ay matimingan na ganun ay pasensyahan tayo, we will prosecute those who are utilizing 911 to do prank calls kasi may batas naman po na pwedeng gamitin ng DILG for that So if we caught you making prank calls to 911, we will prosecute you. There is a law that the DILG can use for that],” Malaya said.

Based on DILG data, 15% of calls received in Hotline 911 from January to June this year are dropped and prank calls. (with details from Grace Casin) /mbmf

Duterte mulls over arming firefighters

Robie de Guzman   •   August 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is mulling over arming firefighters to help maintain law and order in the country.

Duterte said this in a speech during an event of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on Thursday night.

He said the BFP personnel should not limit themselves to fire prevention and instead assist in ensuring security because the police and military cannot cover all areas.

“You know, you have to help in the law and order. You are not limited to just fire,” he said. “You have to go around and help the policeman and the military. Isang senyas lang naman kayo, magkaalaman na kayo eh.”

The president raised the issue of security Thursday following reports of violence in some parts of the country, particularly in Negros.

He said killings in Negros Oriental have gone unabated.

“At lahat ng halos na barangay captain nasa atin… ‘yun ‘yung legal natin eh, namamatay,” he said. “So itong NPA…nagwa-warning ako. This cannot go on. So sabi ko sa inyo, pa-issue-han ko man kayo ng baril…kayong mga bumbero.”

The chief executive advised firefighters to stay vigilant and to not display their weapons because enemies of the state will try to kill them and steal their guns.

Apart from proposing firefighters to bear arms, Duterte also disclosed his plan of deploying a unit that will target communist rebels.

During his speech, the president also lauded the firefighters’ commitment to duty even if “it places lives at risk,” saying this “truly inspires all of us, especially those who are in the field of public service.”

He also vowed to upgrade the capability of the BFP by producing more fire trucks and providing more training.

The country’s cities already have fire stations, while 80 percent of almost 1,500 municipalities nationwide have established their own fire stations. Also, 1,489 municipalities in the Philippines have already modernized their firefighting capabilities and only 305 municipalities need upgrades.

“I assure you that this administration will continue to pursue programs and other initiatives that will enhance your professional and operational capabilities,” President Duterte said during the BFP’s 28th founding anniversary held at the Philippine International Convention Center.

The chief executive also advised the BFP to forge more partnerships with local government units, noting the civilian nature of the bureau.

Father, daughter die in La Union fire

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 29, 2019

Personnel from the Bureau of Fire recover the remains of the fire victims

A 6-year-old girl was trapped inside their home after a fire broke out in Barangay Sta. Rita East in Aringay town, La Union on Monday (May 27).

Her father Jeffrey Estoril, 36, rushed inside their home to save her upon realizing his daughter could be trapped .

According to Barangay Sta. Rita East chairman Hilario Domenden, Jeffery was not able to endure the heat.

“Iyong mama niya gusto pumasok doon pero hindi niya kaya kasi talagang malakas na [iyong apoy]. Iyong papa niya alam niya na nandoon iyong anak nila kaya siya ang pumasok doon pero hindi niya nakayanan iyong mainit na apoy kaya pati iyong ama nasunog din, (The mother wanted to rush inside but the fire was too big. [Jeffery] was the one who rushed inside but he was unable to endure the heat),” he said.

Jeffery was unable to locate his daughter. He was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead after sustaining second degree burns.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said the fire lasted for two hours and caused P300,000 to P400,000 worth of damage.—(with reports from Toto Fabros)

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