KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 1 March) – Firefighters here were not in a firefighting mode when they marched along the streets Thursday.
They instead brought with them placards with safety tips written on them.
The rally was the kickoff activity for the observance of Fire Prevention Month, according to the city fire marshal, Senior Insp. Marjorie Resurreccion of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
She explained the nationwide mass action is an advocacy rally intended to reduce destruction caused by fires and to make Philippines a fire-safe nation.
Joining the firefighters were fire volunteers, including the academe, senior citizens and out-of-school youth.
In Kidapawan City, the BFP has recorded at least six fire incidents since January this year. Faulty electrical wiring reportedly caused most of these.
Last week, Resurreccion appeared before the city council’s regular session where she discussed about the fire safety inspection her office has been doing since January.
Resurreccion disclosed that many of the business establishments in the city failed to comply with fire safety measures as part of the requirement under Republic Act 9514 or the Fire Code of the Philippines.
Many of the establishments, she said, are malls, grocery centers, and hotels, which failed to get fire safety inspection certificate from the BFP this year, she said.
The BFP official said they are mandated to strictly implement the law and strengthen campaigns in order to prevent destructive fires. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)