Amid the looming heat of the summer, an agency for fire suppression was also sizzling with enthusiasm during the kick off ceremony of this year’s observance of Fire Prevention Month at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, Tuesday, yesterday.

With the theme: “Kaligtasan sa Sunog: Alamin, Gawin, at Isabuhay natin”, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) once again appealed to the public to be fire conscious during this hot and dry season. The event started with a “Walk for a Fire-Free and a Fire-Safe Nation”, which was joined by students, government, non-government organizations and different fire brigades.

One of the highlights of the event was the turn-over of the seventeen (17) Fire Trucks and three (3) Ambulances donated by the government of Japan to the selected Yolanda struck cities and municipalities.

Japan Ambassador’s Representative, Deputy Chief of Mission Tetsuro Amano said that the gesture was a symbol of friendship of the two countries. He also said that having to face the same challenges in the times of national disaster the two countries must continue to have a good cooperation.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas also showed his support to the month long activity by delivering a message during the event. According to Roxas, four hundred sixty-nine (469) new Fire Trucks will be procured this year to intensify the operational force of the BFP.

Roxas also emphasized the corruption in Fire Inspection and ordered Chief Superintendent Ariel A Barayuga, Officer-in-charge of the BFP to create a program that will combat the problem, that continuously destroying the good image of the Fire Bureau.“ Kailangan ito ay deliberate: hindi bara-bara, programmatic: pangkalahatan, at sustained: meaning hindi ningas kugon”, he said.

Roxas also commended the BFP for delivering an utmost service despite the risk.
He then added that the DILG’s commitment to the agency is to give training, capacity building, equipment, and the resources.