Pres. Duterte & Sen. Go push for long delayed BFP modernization

Pres. Duterte & Sen. Go push for long delayed BFP modernization

The Bureau of Fire is now getting the attention it rightfully deserves.

Modernization of the Bureau has always been in the back burner in terms of upgrading of equipment.

The recent turnover of ceremonies of fire trucks to the local government units, as witnessed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and senator Bong Go.

74 fire trucks to local officials from Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao, were turned over by President Duterte. (photo credit to Philstar)

74 firetrucks were given to local officials from Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.

“These new equipment are testament to the government’s full support for the BFP’s mandate to promote public safety by saving lives and protecting property from destruction during natural and manmade disasters and other emergencies,” Duterte said

BFP chief Jose Embang Jr. said that 287 or 19 percent of the 1,489 municipalities in the country do not have fire trucks.

Senator Go filed a bill in the Senate which calls for the proposed Fire Protection Modernization Act - Senate Bill No. 204

The bill states calls for the establishment of a Fire Protection Modernization Program to be implemented by the BFP and will include hiring of more personnel, acquiring modern fire equipment and training for firefightersThe bill also mandates BFP to respond to disasters and conduct monthly fire prevention campaigns and information drive in all local government units, particularly in informal settlements and economically depressed areas.

“It is high time that we upgrade the facilities and capabilities of the Bureau of Fire Protection. Let us add more services and hire more men and women who would dare to become the respected and admired firemen and women of our nation,” said Go. 

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