Senator Christopher Lawrence Go has assured that the plan to modernize the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is underway, noting that the Executive branch has already begun efforts to upgrade the bureau.
In an interview with Philippine News Agency in Davao City on August 28, Go said the report on his proposed Senate Bill 204, which aims to improve the BFP’s capabilities, is being drafted by the Committee on Public Order, headed by Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.
Go noted that while awaiting passage of the legislative measure, the PHP27-billion Fire Modernization Program has already been finalized by the BFP.
“The BFP modernization is a three-year plan wherein they will be allocated with a fund for an equipment upgrade. In times like this, we need complete equipment to penetrate to areas that are hardly accessible,” Go said, referring to the recent fire incident that hit a village in Barangay Panacan in Davao City.
“I support the modernization of our BFP. That’s why apart from their annual budget, we have additional funding to procure more fire trucks.”
Go’s proposed measure aims to modernize the BFP by hiring more personnel, acquiring modern fire equipment and providing firefighters with more training, among others, all designed to suppress all kinds of destructive fires and prevent deaths and injuries.
If passed into law, the BFP will also be mandated to conduct monthly fire prevention campaigns and information drives, targeting local government units, particularly informal settlements, and depressed areas.
“I, myself, have witnessed the anguish felt by our countrymen who are victims of fires. Every month, I visit several fire incidents in different parts of the country to provide assistance to the victims” Go said.
Go was in Davao City on August 28 to distribute assistance to the fire victims in Sunrise Village, Barangay Panacan.
At least 114 households received cash assistance, food packs, face masks, face shields, bicycles, and medicines. (Prexx Marnie Kate Trozo, PNA)