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Go bats for stronger fire safety and prevention measures

January 09, 2019 - Wednesday 4:01 PM by PR

FIRE TALK. Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go speaks to families affected by the fire in Barangay Manresa, Quezon City.

QUEZON CITY – Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go pushed for a concerted effort to strengthen fire safety and prevention measures in the country as he visited another community hit by fire.

“Hindi niyo po kami kailangan pasalamatan. Parte po ito ng trabaho namin. Lagi po natin tandaan na obligasyon nating tulungan ang kapwa Pilipino. Sa panahong ito, dapat mas lumakas (pa) ang pagmamalasakit ng komunidad sa isa’t-isa,” he told fire victims in Barangay Manresa whom he visited on Sunday night.

The January 5 fire destroyed at least 100 houses, left 300 families homeless, injured five people (one of them a fire volunteer), and caused property damage amounting to P1 million.

Reportedly caused by illegal power connections, the blaze razed Barangay Manresa quickly and caught locals off guard.

“Dapat mapalakas ang fire safety and prevention measures natin. Halos araw araw may nasusunugan kaya dapat pagtuunan ng pansin at maturuan lahat kung paano maiwasan ang ganitong mga aksidente,” Go, a senatorial aspirant in the 2019 election, said.

(Our fire safety and prevention measures must be strengthened. A fire occurs almost every day, so we must give this attention and teach everyone how to avoid these incidents.)

He said fire safety and prevention will be among his legislative agenda if he wins a seat in the Senate.

Go also pushed for the conversion of certain properties into permanent and strategic evacuation centers so government work and classes are not greatly affected.

Go and his supporters entered the barangay to deliver needed aid, listen to the residents’ concern, and give comfort to survivors of the fire.

Go’s group distributed clothes, shoes, grocery items, food packs, ready-to-eat meals, and cash assistance to the affected families.