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Duterte, Go push for BFP modernization

February 12, 2020 - Wednesday 6:02 PM by MDM

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Senator Christopher Lawrence Go on Tuesday attended the handover ceremony of 74 fire trucks to local government units (LGUs) at the Lapu-Lapu Grandstand of Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

The senator accompanied President Rodrigo Duterte who handed the ceremonial keys of the fire trucks to three representatives from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

“These new equipment are testament to the government’s full support for the BFP’s mandate to promote public safety by saving lives and protecting property from destruction during natural and man-made disasters and other emergencies,” the President said in his speech.

Go is the author of Senate Bill (SB) No. 204 or the proposed Fire Protection Modernization Act of 2019. In his welcome remarks, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) chief Jose Embang Jr. acknowledged the benefits of the proposed law.

The President urged Congress in his fourth State of the Nation Address in July 2019 to pass a law mandating a modernization program for the BFP, along with several other laws.

Embang said 287 or 19 percent of the 1,489 municipalities in the country do not have fire trucks yet.

“Sa aming hakbang tungo sa modernisasyon, layunin namin ang pagkakaroon ng bagong fire trucks at emergency vehicles sa bawat bayan,” he said.

At the BFP’s 46th Fire Service Recognition Day on December 14, Go said that he is pushing for the passage of SB 204.

SB 204 seeks to establish a Fire Protection Modernization Program to be implemented by the BFP and will include hiring of more personnel, acquiring modern fire equipment and trainings for firefighters, among others.

The bill also mandates BFP to respond to disasters and conduct monthly fire prevention campaigns and information drive in all local government units, particularly in informal settlements and economically depressed areas.

“It is high time that we upgrade the facilities and capabilities of the Bureau of Fire Protection. Let us add more services and hire more men and women who would dare to become the respected and admired firemen and women of our nation,” Go said.