Mga lampara at gasera, bawal na sa tent city — Romualdez

admin   •   May 29, 2014   •   4106

Nitong Miyerkules ng madaling araw ay isang sunog ang naganap sa bahaging ito ng tent city sa Tacloban na ikinamatay ng isang ginang at 6 nitong anak. Kaya naman ipinagbawal na ng Tacloban City Government ang paggamit ng mga lampara at gasera dito. (UNTV News)

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines — Magsasagawa ng masusing inspeksyon ang Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) at Philippine National Police (PNP) sa mga nakatira sa tent city sa Costa Brava, San Jose, Tacloban City.

Ito ay upang matiyak na wala ng natitirang gasera na syang pinagmulan ng sunog sa isa sa mga tent doon noong Miyerkules ng madaling araw na ikinasawi ng isang babae at anim nitong anak.

Dahil dito, inatasan ni Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez ang BFP at PNP na siyasatin ang lahat ng tent sa lugar at kumpiskahin ang mga gasera o lampara na matagal nang ipinagbabawal na gamitin.

“It’s not an inspection basically but its really telling now the people im given ordered im giving ordered now to the Bureau of Fire Protection and the police to go tent to tent and really take out all gasera’s or any lanterns or anything like that inside the tent.”

Ayon pa kay Romualdez, dalawang linggo pa lang mula ng makabalik galing sa Samar ang pamilyang nasunugan kaya hindi pa nabibigyan ang mga ito ng solar lamps.

Nagdulot naman ng takot at pangamba sa mga nakatira sa tent city ang nangyaring sunog.

“Natrauma natatakot kagabi nga di kami natulog dito eh, doon kami sa kapatid niya jan sa kabilang tent sama-sama sila lahat doon, Kami naman diyan sa labas nagbabantay,” pahayag ni Arnel Agustin.

Sa ngayon ay tinatayang nasa 780 hanggang 800 pamilya pa ang nakatira sa tent city.

Ayon kay Romualdez, gustuhin man niyang ilipat na ang mga ito sa ibang lugar ay wala namang pondo na magagamit.

Tanging donation lang umano mula sa ibat-ibat organization lang ang nagagamit nila sa ngayon sa pagpapagawa ng bahay.

“Matagal na kaming humingi ng tulong December pa kami humingi ng tulong, nagbigay na rin kami estimate kung ano ang kailangan namin, wala nga hanggang ngayon ang tulong lang na naabot na inaabot sa amin ay para lang paggawa pag repair ng city hall, buildings, city goverment own buildings, but no money for shelters no money for evacuation centers or permanent houses no money for that,” saad pa ni Romualdez.

Samantala, tiniyak naman ni PCOO Secretary Herminio ‘Sonny’ Coloma Jr. na pagtutuunan ng pansin ang nangyari sa tent city. (Jenelyn Gaquit / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

PNP won’t arrest quarantine violators in first 3 days of MECQ period

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 6, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said they will not conduct any arrest during the first three days of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa said they will implement maximum tolerance at all times and will only serve warnings to quarantine violators during the three-day headstart. This would give the public time to adjust to the National Capital Region’s shift to MECQ.

“Bibigyan natin ang publiko ng swift warning on the first initial days of violations kasi kung nag-adjust ang PNP, nag-aadjust din sila and ang reminder ko lang ay maximum tolerance on the part of the PNP especially the women and elderly kung may lalabas man na elderly (We will give the public a swift warning in the first initial days of violations because if the PNP has to adjust, so do they. My only reminder is maximum tolerance on the part of the PNP especially for the women and the elderly),” he said.

The PNP Chief also reminds the public to cooperate with authorities and not provoke any officers.

“Sana naman the public will cooperate, para hindi mapilitan ang PNP na mag impose ng regulation. So please, we want the cooperation of the public para maiwasan natin ang confrontation sa checkpoint (I hope the public will cooperate and not force the PNP to impose regulation. So we want the cooperation of the public to avoid confrontation at checkpoints),” Gamboa said.

Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan have been placed under MECQ until August 18. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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

4 PAF personnel dead after helicopter crash in Isabela

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 24, 2020

Four members of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) perished in a helicopter crash in Cauayan City, Isabela on Thursday (July 23).

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said five personnel were onboard the Huey Helicopter. They were conducting proficiency training for night flying in the vicinity of the Tactical Operations Group-2 area in Cauayan City when the accident happened.

“The two pilots, the other officer, and one of the two aircrew perished. The other airman survived the crash and is now undergoing treatment,” the AFP said in a statement.

The names of the victims are withheld until their relatives have been notified, the AFP added.

Meanwhile, AFP Chief General Felimon Santos, Jr. expresses deep grief and extends condolences and prayers to the families and colleagues of the airmen who perished in this air operations mishap. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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