UNTV Fire Brigade, tumulong sa pagresponde sa sunog sa Novaliches QC

UNTV News   •   March 17, 2015   •   2813

Ang pag-apula ng Bureau of Fire Protection sa apoy mga kabahayan sa bandang Novaliches nito Martes ng madaling araw katuwang ang iba’t-ibang fire volunteers tulad ng UNTV Fire Brigade. (UNTV News)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Isa ang UNTV Fire Brigade sa mga rumesponde sa nangyaring sunog sa Novaliches, Quezon City pasado alas-dose kaninang madaling araw, Martes.

Isang residential area sa Margarita St., Barangay Gulod ang mabilis na tinupok ng apoy na umabot sa ikatlong alarma.

Sa inisyal na imbestigasyon ng Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), nagsimula ang sunog sa bahay na pag-aari ni Julita Latona at hinihinalang napabayaang upos ng sigarilyo ang sanhi ng sunog.

“Ina-advide lagi ng Bureau of Fire Protection na sana po pag naninigarilyo sila, bago sila matulog ay huwag silang manigarilyo kasi mamaya baka pagmulan pa ng sunog,” panawagan ni F/Supt. Jesus Fernandez, Fire Marshal ng BFP-QC.

Yari sa light materials ang mga bahay kaya’t mabilis na kumalat ang apoy.

Sa ulat ng BFP, 12 mga bahay ang nadamay sa sunog at tinatayang aabot sa 200-libong piso ang halaga ng naabong ari-arian.

Umabot rin sa 20 pamilya ang naapektuhan ng sunog; lima ang sugatan at dalawang magkapatid ang kumpirmadong nasawi matapos ma-trap sa banyo.

Kinilala ang mga nasawi na sina Rayniel Perez, 18 anyos, at Michelle Perez, limang taong gulang.

Naideklarang fire out ang insidente makalipas ang isang oras. (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.

SSS issues show cause order vs 15 firms in Novaliches

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 25, 2019

The Social Security System (SSS) has issued a show-cause order against 15 business firms in Novaliches, Quezon City.

The SSS previously warned these 15 ‘delinquent employers’ for not registering their workers in SSS and not remitting their contributions properly.

Among the establishments include a general merchandise store. The owner was not present during the inspection of the SSS on Thursday (July 25). Several of the employees, however, admit they are not SSS registered.

According to the owner of a tailor shop, they did not register their personnel because they are only volunteers.

SSS Executive Vice President for Branch Operator Sector Judy Frances See said volunteers would still need to be registered as long as they are helping in the business.

One apartelle is not remitting the contributions of their employers properly since March last year.

The SSS will give these establishments 15 days to respond to the show-cause order. Failure to do so, the SSS would file civil or criminal charges against the delinquent employers.

“Obligation po nila to na (It is their obligation) from the first day of their business or operation, they should register already [their] employees. So, kaya po kami umiikot, (we inspect) just to issue a reminder to them,” according to See.

Employers proven to be violating the law will be imprisoned from six months to 12 years. There will also be a penalty of P5,000 to P20,000.

SSS has been reminding business firms to register their employees and remit their contributions properly.

Employees are also advised to report to the SSS office if their contributions are not being remitted by their employers.—AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

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