Advisory No. 1
BFP-CAR Renews Call for Fire Safety
With the rapid urbanization and increase of population nationwide, the Bureau of Fire Protection, Cordillera continuously seek for innovative ways in fire prevention and disaster management by coming up with the new approaches as it involves different local authorities and agencies.
Bureau of Fire Protection initiated the Program “Oplan Ligtas na Pamayan” that covers four (4) programs such as Handang Pamayanan, Bayanihan, Kaagapay at Lingap Program. These measures are for both the intensive prevention of fire incidents and the attainment of rigorous preparedness for fire incidents and natural calamities. It is also to respond to the overgrowing demand for a more comprehensive and immersive fire protection program for the communities, rural and urban villages and barangays. More than this initiative, the BFP-CAR through the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CRDRRMC) seeks its intervention in creating an Environmental Fire Safety Task-Force steered by Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Cordillera, chaired by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and co-chaired by the Bureau of Fire Protection- Cordillera to enter into by and among different member agencies in the form of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for signing on March 25, 2019 with the common goal to mitigate and lessen the occurrence of destructive fires thereby protecting the region’s land area of 1,829,368 hectares which composed the seven (7) percent of the total land mass of the Philippines.
With the impending dry season this year causing high risk of fire incidents particularly the El Niño Phenomenon, the BFP Cordillera enjoined the public together with the other stakeholders for inter-agency multi-sectoral coordination and community cooperation to prevent the occurrence of destructive fires which might affect the majority of 13,350 hectares forest lands in CAR.
In the statistics during these past two years, BFP Cordillera recorded 193 structural fires, 17 automobile fires, 64 fire incidents due to kaingin and open burning in CY 2017. Compared to CY 2018, there is decrease in structural fires with a record of 171, increase in automobile of 27 and increase of 151 fire incidents respectively. Apart from this year 2019, 139 open burning occurred from January to March 14 alone.
With this fire cases that happening region wide, BFP is seeking the intervention of the member agencies to help address this fire incident. BFP Cordillera continuously appeal to the public to be involved in the Bureau’s programs and activities to have the goal of preventing destructives fires and disasters with this year’s Fire Prevention Month Theme: “Oplan Ligtas na Pilipinas Ating Kamtin, Bawat Pamilya ay Sanayin, Kaalaman sa Sunog ay Palawakin.”