218 fire in­ci­dents recorded in 10 months

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Is­abella G. Obor, USJ-R in­tern/ KBQ

At least 218 fire in­ci­dents were recorded from Jan­uary to Oc­to­ber this year in Cebu City, the Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion (BFP) data showed.

Ma­jor­ity of the fires recorded were so-called struc­tural fires, in­volv­ing houses or res­i­den­tial es­tab­lish­ments, and com­mer­cial build­ings. Of the 152 struc­tural fires, 113 af­fected res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

The re­main­ing fig­ures were for­est or grass fire in­ci­dents, and ve­hic­u­lar fires, among oth­ers.

With this, Chief In­spec­tor Noel Nel­son Ababon, city fire mar­shal, said there is a need to look into the ef­fi­cacy of fire pre­ven­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

"Ef­fec­tive tuod mi sa com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments pero nagkuwang mi sa mga res­i­den­tial ar­eas,” he said.



Mean­while, the Di­vi­sion on the Wel­fare of the Ur­ban Poor con­ducted a pub­lic fo­rum on ur­ban dis­as­ter re­siliency in line with the “Ur­ban Poor Sol­i­dar­ity Week.”

"The ur­ban poor is the num­ber one vic­tim in times of calamity whether fire or land­slides and other dis­as­ters," said Nagiel Bana­cia, of­fi­cer-in-charge of the Cebu City Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Man­age­ment Of­fice.

Bana­cia and Ababon were the re­source speak­ers of the event, which was at­tended by home­own­ers as­so­ci­a­tions from dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties in the city.

Bana­cia said the ur­ban poor should know how to re­spond to dis­as­ters and to fos­ter re­siliency within their com­mu­ni­ties.

Ababon, for his part, said train­ings and drills are also con­ducted in com­mu­ni­ties, not just in ho­tels and other es­tab­lish­ments.

He said the com­mu­nity-based train­ing pro­gram is in co­or­di­na­tion with the city or town’s dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion and man­age­ment of­fice.

He said the fire de­part­ment is plan­ning to re­vive the pro­gram wherein each barangay will have vol­un­teers trained for se­cu­rity, first aid and fire­fight­ing.

"Nin­dot siya na pro­grama kay kung naay panghitabo duna dayon makata­bang. Ang prob­lema lang gyud way mo vol­un­teer," he said.

More­over, Ababon urged home­own­ers to reg­u­larly check their wirings to avoid fire in­ci­dents.

"Kung mahimo, kada tuig atong ipa­susi ang mga wirings sa reg­is­tered elec­tri­cians,” he said.

Most fire in­ci­dents are blamed on faulty elec­tri­cal wirings.


On the other hand, as the coun­try pre­pares for Christ­mas and New Year, the De­part­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and BFP are set to launch the "Oplan Paalala: Iwas Pa­putok, Sakuna at Sunog” on De­cem­ber 16.

The ob­jec­tive of Oplan Paalala is to en­cour­age the pub­lic to strictly ob­serve safety mea­sures to pre­vent fire in­ci­dents in their house­holds.

The cam­paign aims to en­sure the safety of the pub­lic dur­ing


Christ­mas and New Year. It fo­cuses on fire pre­ven­tion ac­tiv­i­ties such as firetruck and fire­man vis­i­bil­ity, fire safety tips dis­sem­i­na­tion, in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of fire crack­ers and Christ­mas lights in­spec­tions.

Fire sta­tions are ex­pected to con­duct a series of fire safety in­spec­tions on busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments, malls, and fa­cil­i­ties en­gaged in the man­u­fac­ture, sell­ing of fire­crack­ers and py­rotech­nics.

Ababon urged the pub­lic to prac­tice fire pre­ven­tion mea­sures as fire in­ci­dents are com­mon dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion (BFP) of­fi­cials in Tal­isay City in­spect Barangay Can­so­jong house­holds as part of their 'Oplan Paalala' drive. They urge the pub­lic to prac­tice fire pre­ven­tion mea­sures this hol­i­day sea­son. ROWENA

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