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Republic of the Philippines Department of the Interior and Local Government Bureau of Fire Protection National Capital Region

PAUNAWA SA PUBLIKO Kung kayo po ay may alam o sumbong tungkol sa panggigipit, pangingikil at wala sa katuwirang pakikialam ng sino mang kawani ng Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) patungkol sa inyong pag aaplay ng Fire Safety Inspection Certificate (FSIC) o anumang permit o sertipikasyon mula sa inyong lokal na istasyon ng bumbero, agad po ninyong ipagbigay alam sa tanggapan ng Regional Director ng BFP-NCR sa pamamagitan ng text o tawag sa mga numerong makikita sa ibaba, o personal na ireport ang inyong sumbong sa nasabing tanggapan. Maari rin kayong magsumbong sa tanggapan ng kalihim ng DILG sa numerong makikita sa ibaba. Hindi pinapahintulutan ng BFP at ng DILG ang anumang uri ng katiwalian sa kanilang tanggapan.

MAGSUMBONG KAY RD AT KAY DILG SECRETARY! BFP-NCR Hotlines : 723-5166 / 431-9301 / 0929-815-7476 Office Address : Ermin Garcia St., Brgy Pinagkaisahan, Cubao, Quezon City DILG Public Assistance and Complaint Center (PACC) Hotline : 925-0343 / 925-1135


INSP BONIFACIO D BANICO

Republic of the Philippines Department of Interior and Local Government

Editor –in-Chief

FO2 Francisco R Montevirgen

BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION National Capital Region

Associate Editor

FO2 Gladdes H Arreco

Ermin Garcia St. Brgy. Pinagkaisahan Cubao, Quezon City

Feature Editor

FO3 Stephanie T Tabangcura News Editor

FO2 Lloyd A Moreno Literary Editor

FO2 Eduardo L Pasco Jr Layout Editor

FO1 Christopher S Sison Circulation Manager

FO2 Eduardo L Pasco Jr FO2 Lloyd Moreno Photo Editor

FO2 Eduardo L Pasco Jr FO1 Christopher S Sison FO1 Gerald Von C Valmores Photographer

FO1 Shiela Mae A Gangan FO1 Ma Socorro B Caballes Encoder

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The Official Publication of the Bureau of Fire Protection-National Capital Region The Regional Director of the Bureau of Fire Protection-National Capital Region Chief Superintendent SANTIAGO E LAGUNA has envisioned a Modern Fire Protection in the National Capital Region. THE FIRESTORM’s magazine cover for its maiden issue depicts his plan for a better fire service in Metro Manila by establishing a modern fire service that works hand in hand with the public in battling out our common enemy – destructive fires. The BFP-NCR, being the show window of Philippine fire service is in the frontline. To win the war, we must equip ourselves through modernization and build a network of allies from all sectors of society. In that way, no more lives will be loss and no more properties will be destroyed by the wrath of raging fires.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Special thanks to the following… SPECIAL ADVISERS: CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA CINSP RENATO MARCIAL CONTRIBUTORS: WORDS: CINSP CAROLINA P DIONISIO, CINSP NAHUM TARROZA, SR INSP GILBERT I VALDEZ, SR INSP CESAR M PATROCINIO JR, SR INSP JERLIN JERDEN S SALES, SR INSP RONALDO SANCHEZ, INSP ERVIC S GAVIERES INSP DIANNE ROSELLE S GAYNILO, INSP LOURDES CRISTY C RABORAR, SFO4 Ariel B Ferriols, SFO2 Gabriel A Trinidad, FO3 Benjamin A Gandez, FO2 Joel C Del Mundo, FO2 Leonora M Marquez, FO2 Aljen Basilan,FO2 Alter Viray, FO2 Gilbert C Duque, FO1 Hilda Gardon-Marquez, FO1 Anthony I De Jesus, PICTURES: INSP XERIEL P TAMAYO, INSP DIANNE ROSELLE S GAYNILO. Transportation: FO1 Gerald Von Valmores The FIRESTORM is the official publication of the Bureau of Fire Protection-National Capital Region. All issues presented in this publication are purely from the author’s point of view and do not necessarily reflect those of the entire organization. For your comments and suggestions you may write to: The Editor, The FIRESTORM Ermin Garcia St. Brgy. Pinagkaisahan Cubao Quezon City Or email us at: bfpncr_080291@yahoo.com Follow us on facabook and twitter at: bfpncr_080291@yahoo.com

The Bureau of Fire Protection-National Capital Region (BFP) has always been referred to as the show window of Philippine Fire Service. Metro Manila where the population of the country is concentrated is considered as the ‘battle gound’ of fire fighting. As an officer of the fire bureau I was given this rare opportunity and privilege of leading the front liners in the fire fighting field here in the National Capital Region. Seventeen (17) cities and municipalities in the National Capital Region comprise the whole area of responsibility of the BFP-NCR. With an estimated total of 12 million people, our whole force had to double our efforts just to meet the demands of the public for quality fire protection. Our men have continuously proven that our perennial problem in manpower and capabilities can be counter acted by our vigilance, perseverance and determination. Even though we have proven our worth to our stakeholders, the fact that our organization, just like any other government agency, needs to cope up with the fast changing trends in technology. The Bureau of Fire Protection is an equipment based agency that needs to be updated and modernized to deal with the changing needs of the ever changing world. We do not fight fires with bare hands, we used tools and equipments to suppress it. That’s the reason why this administration focus on the modernization of the BFP-NCR through the improvement of its facilities and capability. Innovation is the key word to our organization’s success. The whole force of the BFP-NCR under the leadership of your humble servant have started to implement innovative measures to meet the increasing demand for better fire protection. The establishment of fire stations in some key areas in the metropolis have been successfully initiated while brand new fire trucks and firefighting equipment were acquired at the same time to boost our capabilities. Strong coordination with various volunteer groups more particularly with TXT FIRE PHIL. have been established for better cooperation during fire operation and other related emergencies. Our organization still have a lot more room for improvement. Each one of us have a task to fulfill to achieve what we fervently desires most-modernization. The modernization of our organization is a work in progress, and all of us in the BFP-NCR from the top level down to the rank and file plays an integral part in this process. This publication is the realization of all our endeavors for it reflects our organization. It shows the heroism in each one of us, from the fire scene or even inside our offices and workplace. We are all part and parcel of our organizations endeavors which all aims to give better service to our clientele-the Filipino people. For that, let me congratulate all of us for a job well done and may we all aspire for a more efficient fire service here in the National Capital Region.

SANTIAGO E LAGUNA CSUPT (DSC) BFP Regional Director


Department of Interior and Local Government

Department of Interior and Local Government

Rizal Avenue corner Quiricada Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila

Ermin Garcia St. Brgy. Pinagkaisahan Cubao, Quezon City

It is with a deep sense of gratitude that I commend all the people behind the publication of THE FIRESTORM, the official magazine of the Bureau of Fire Protection-National Capital Region. It’s good to have another newsletter that will showcase the heroism of the bumberos who risk lives and limbs whenever there are fires and emergencies.

It has always been my vision to contribute greatly to the continuing drive for fire service excellence. With my recent designation as the District Fire Marshal of CAMANAVA, I have yet another chance to do this.

BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION MANILA FIRE DISTRICT

BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION FIRE DISTRICT 2

It has been 110 years of continuing service for the Filipino firemen which started way back from the establishment of the Manila Fire Department on August 7, 1901. Since then, fire service in the country evolved from a mere douser of water to fire into a more sophisticated National Government Agency involve in the preservation of lives and properties.

The provision of fire trucks, SCBAs, rescue equipment for floods and ambulances for the district have always been of utmost importance for our agency. This is a priority along with enhancing BFP’s fire code collection and the provision of decent quarters for our personnel most specially our female counterparts in line with GAD programs of our agency.

Recent tragedies similar to that of Typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng have also highlighted the role of the Bureau of Fire Protection during emergencies and other eventualities. The BFP have been instrumental during and after these disasters, wherein our firemen’s effort’s led to the immediate relief and restoration of the nation’s normal way of living.

Basic Emergency Medical Training (BEMT), Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Training and most especially Basic Rescue Techniques for potential flood victims in CAMANAVA shall continue to be the cornerstone of our responses. With these competency trainings made accessible and mainstreamed, our mandate to provide excellent emergency and rescue services shall only be realized with adequately equipped skilled personnel.

To further improve its services, the Manila Fire District started its capability building program by prioritizing the improvement of its equipment and facilities through various linkages with the local government unit as well as with other non-government organization. The celebration of the Manila Fire District 110th Founding Anniversary which was held last August 5, 2011 paved the way for the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the MFD and the Manila Business College. This MOA will provide opportunities for our firemen and their dependents to acquire college education through the scholarship grants provided by the said agreement.

With the continuing BFP, local government units, NGO’s and private sectors inter-cooperation, CAMANAVA is on the right track to achieving major development. With vitality, determination and devotion to the public interest, we can make this happen.

The leadership of the MFD has also met with various volunteer fire brigades together with the Honorable Representative of the 3rd District of Manila Cong. Naida Angping. These meetings solidify the cooperation between two parties as they promised to work together for a better fire service in Manila. Cong. Angping also stressed her willingness to allocate a budget and lobby for the reconstruction and renovation of three (3) fire stations under her jurisdiction namely San Nicolas Fire Station, Tanduay Fire Station and San Lazaro Fire Station. The whole force of the MFD are in one with the Regional Director’s aspiration for a Modern Fire Protection in the National Capital Region. With his keen leadership, modernization program and amiable relations with his fellow fire officers as well as with the volunteer fire brigades, the public could expect a better fire protection in the metropolis. Once again, in behalf of the officers and men of the Manila Fire District my congratulations to the staff of the BFP-NCR publication for putting up a newsletter that will cater the heroism of our men in the fire service. Mabuhay ang Kawanihan ng Pamatay Sunog! JOSELITO

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Senior Superintendent (DSC) BFP District Fire Marshal, MFD

JOSEPH B BACAREZA, MD

Senior Superintendent (DSC) BFP District Fire Marshal


Department of Interior and Local Government

Department of Interior and Local Government

Ayala Ave. Cor. Malugay St. Makati

Barangay San Antonio Meralco Ave. Pasig City

BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION FIRE DISTRICT 3

BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION FIRE DISTRICT 4

The Southern District lies the heart and soul of the National Capital Region, aside from the scenic cities of Pasay, Makati, Parañaque, Las Piñas and Muntinlupa lies the creative mix of residential, commercial and industrial properties. A genuine test of competency rests upon how an organization rises above the toughest of ordeals. Here at Fire District 3, we have consistently convened the BFP’s commitment to provide fire and rescue services to the public. The target here is the efficiency of service that we cater; it is a job that brings respect and satisfaction through serving the community. Achieving this is through providing enough manpower plus efficient and reliable equipment. With Muntinlupa Central Fire Station dubbed as the “model firestation” in the country, this vision for the rest of the cities of Southern District can be achieved through the assistance of its local government units and the Bureau itself. This modernization plan can be made possible through step-by-step strategically managed programs. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the men and women of Fire District 3-NCR for the warmest welcome and continuing support for their new District Director. And for the staff and organizers of this highly appreciated BFP-NCR News Magazine, it is a commendable feat to put up this publication. Congratulations for a job well done, your efforts have made the BFP-NCR the most interesting feature throughout the country.

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Senior Superintendent (DSC) BFP District Fire Marshal, FD3

Fire District IV-NCR, through the guidance and initiative of its new fire District Fire Marshal, SSUPT FENNIMORE V JAUDIAN, who is also the concurrent Head of Inter Agency Anti Arson Task Force of the DILG started his tenure by holding an out of town Team Building Activity in Laguna. In consonance with the BFP’s readiness program to comprehensively respond to fire and other related emergencies, a Coordinating Meeting with all the City/Municipal Fire Marshal to thresh out all operational and administrative thrust of the District to comprehensively propel its direction geared towards enhancing its responsiveness to fire and other emergencies in the AOR was also conducted. Actual inspections were made not only to familiarize the new DFM on the actual status of the District capabilities in terms of equipment, logistics and manpower strength. By the start of the third quarter of the current year the District Fire Marshal focused on improving the skills of its human resource to deal with its mandated mission. On the first week of July the District held two-day “In Service on Fire/Arson Investigation”, immediately followed by Enhancement Seminar on the Fire Code of the Philippines (RA 9514) and its Implementing Rules and Regulations” conducted in all the Fire Stations under its AOR from 09 August to 09 September, 2011. Assistance of outside expert resource persons were sought to give the attendees to the seminars precise and accurate knowledge on various topics of the seminar. The seminars conducted had been the result of concerted efforts and initiatives of the officers and men of the District who provided the needed funds and logistics for the activity. Seminars and other relevant activities on Operation and Fire Safety are now being readied for the last quarter of the current calendar year, which would include among others coordination and cooperation with the Local Peace and Order Council and at the same time establish harmonious relations with the Local Executives (Ugnayan sa Barangay), initiate the organization of Volunteer Fire and Rescue Brigades, conduct Fire and Evacuation Drills and Fire Safety and Prevention (Oplan Bida/ Sikap) information campaign. By the last part of the year the District is geared to move ahead in its scheduled activities relative to Oplan Kaluluwa, Oplan Ridolf, and Oplan Iwas Paputok. Believing on the dictum “that the success of any organization depends on the quality of its members” and in support to the effort of the President to improve the life of the people, the District embarked on the establishment of Fire District IV Consumers Cooperative whose members are organic personnel of the District. The Cooperative its now in operation having been duly registered with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA). One of its initial project which is the Sale and Distribution of Rice is now ongoing and members can avail of rice at reasonable price and terms of payment. The District is now poised to direct its energies towards further improving its readiness and responsiveness to fire and related emergencies and through the guidance of its current Head and the support of the concerned higher officials of the Bureau, there is a big possibility that it can realize this aim sooner than expected. In this light, the District, having been adjudged as the best Fire District in the national Capital Region for three consecutive years (CY 2003, CY 2004, and CY 2005) is once again threading on this mode of approach to reinstate and re-establish its reputation to categorize itself once more as the Best Fire District of the Region.

FENNIMORE V JAUDIAN, CFEI, CVFI SSUPT (LC) BFP District Fire Marshal/Chief IATF Composite Team


Fireman In Action Barangay 195 Fire Brigade

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BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION QUEZON CITY FIRE DISTRICT Quezon City Hall Compound Kalayaan Ave. Quezon City

A man of honor guided by faith Batang Bumbero

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Navotas Timba Brigade

My warmest greetings to the men and women of the BFP-National Capital Region wherein carrying our mission and vision in everyday endeavours and keeping safety is our main concern.

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Fire Safety Awareness is the top priority program of the Quezon City Fire District where sustained, focus and intensified efforts were given to our constituents as their shield to any unwanted incidents. On the other hand, this program is also a vital tool to decrease the number of fire incidents which affects directly to the regional statistical data as well as the national statistical data as a whole. Therefore, it is our individual commitment as public safety servant to mobilize our community to be actively involved in dealing with fire safety awareness in every sector of society. May God always guide and protect us from any danger in the performance of our mandated duties and functions.

Another Spidey Wannabe Rescued

Feature Article Update Report 4 Road Fire P.A.T.R.O.L

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Muntinlupa City Fire Station – Do Good Deeds New Parañaque City Fire Department Unveiled Collect more and Do more.. Pasig on its best

Fellowship

BOBBY V BARUELO

of Public Information Services and Fire 13 Role Education 13 Newly Established Loyola Fire Substation JOSELITO A QUIBIN Named 14 SSUPT New MFD Chief Manila Fire Department 15 The Celebrates 110 Founding Anniversary th

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Ray of Light for the Fire Service

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Logistics Office Vows to Improve Fire Service Through Provisions of Essential Supplies

MFD Inks MOA With Manila Business College Testimonial Parade in Honor to F/CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA, DSC

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City Fire Marshal Lauded for his Critical 12 Taguig Management Program 12 Pateros Fire Station and Fire Volunteer Brigade

Senior Superintendent (DSC) BFP District Fire Marshal, FD5

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Embracing BFP Modernization Bumbero sa SONA 2011 Morality of a Public Servant Leadership Echo, Signing Off A Firearm for a Fireman?

Literary 32 Hear the Cry of Mother Earth 33 Simple Life’s Values 33 A Father’s Ecstacy 34 The Psychology of Child Firesetters 35 Why Plant Flowers? They cannot be eaten

A Depressed Community Based Fire Emergency Responders

Leo 6 Visits Fire District III – NCR

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BFP Valenzuela City Receives Eight Fire Trucks from City Government

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Walks for Water 4th Cityhood of San Juan BFP San Juan Cooperated in the Puerto Princesa Underground River Campaign SUPT PERDIGON Facilitates Temporary Shelter for Firefighters At West Tower Makati City Fire Station Strengthens Community Participation in Fire Safety BFP-NCR signs Agreement with TXTFIRE Philippines Team Building Seminar FD IV F.O.R.C.E.S Two Women Successfully rescued from the Burning Dumlao Building SAGIP KAPAMILYA : Disaster Risk Reduction Program at Rosauro Almario Elementary School

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Statistical Data 43 Guidelines 44 Bagong Henerasyon Party List Representative Donates Fire Truck to United Filipino-Chinese Fire Rescue Association, Inc BFP-NCR Directory 47 Editorial Staff 48 Editor’s Note


A Man of Honor Guided by Faith By: FO1 Gladdes Arreco

“The greatest measure of success is not how you reach the top but the number of lives you have touched along the way.” CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA, DSC belongs to Philippine National Police Academy “Tagapaglingkod” Class of 1987. He was born on July 11, 1958 at Gubat Sorsogon to HORTENCIO HABLA LAGUNA SR and CLEOFE ENAJE ESTROPIGAN. He is married to NATIVIDAD ROMERO REALISTA of Sta. Catalina, Vigan, Ilocos Sur and are blessed with three (3) lovely daughters namely SELNA, ESEN and LANREA. The eldest SELNA , is now a licensed private pilot at the age of seventeen (17). Chief Superintendent Laguna took up his secondary education at Sorsogon Provincial High School and Elementary at Abuyog Elementary School in Sorsogon City. He finished his baccalaureate degree in civil engineering from Aquinas University of Legazpi, at Rawis, Legazpi City before he entered the Philippine National Police Academy in Camp Vicente Lim, Calamba Laguna where he eventually graduated in the year 1987. With his insatiable quest for knowledge, he pursued his post graduate studies in Trinity University of Asia (formerly Trinity College) earning a Master’s Degree in Management. Along these academic milestones are related mandatory trainings commensurate to his rank which include the Officer Senior Executive Course (OSEC) in Philippine Public Safety College at Fort Bonifacio. As part of their course, they visited Malaysia and study the organization of the fire department in the said country. Furthermore, numerous seminars, symposia, conventions, both local and abroad had been actively attended to and participated in by Chief Superintendent Laguna. He recently came from Houston Texas, San Francisco California and Honolulu Hawaii, USA to visit and study the different chemical and industrial companies as well as the operational readiness and capability of Disaster Response Teams abroad. His study includes US fire stations, in connection with the Chemical Waste Emergency Response Management Program sponsored by the United States of America for International Development (USAID). He was also sent to Okinawa, Japan to attend the HALON 1211 Recycling and Conservation Conference which aims to reduce the effect of the said chemical to our atmosphere. He also attended an environmental seminar held at Camp Futenma US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, which was also sponsored by the United States Environment Protection Agency (USEFA).

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CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA, DSC

As a senior officer of the Bureau of Fire Protection, he had made significant contributions like serving as one of the delegates in the formulation of BFP FIRES. He also neutralized and subdued the serial arsonist that terrorized the provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur of Bicol Region. These accomplishments lead to the establishment of a good working relationship with various non-government and government organizations. Through his own initiative he instituted, a conducive working environment at the BFP Region V Regional Office and improved its facilities. He facilitated the installation of cooling systems, internet connections and face lifting of every section/division of the said office vastly improving the quality of services that the BFP Region V personnel render to its clients.

As part of this pursuit, he proactively promoted a fire safety conscious society thru the conduct of various fire and earthquake drills. Most remarkable of these is the multi-agency-response simultaneous earthquake and fire drill last June 2010 At AGO Medical & Educational Center where he served as the incident commander. During the 2010 Fire Prevention Month, the ever committed CSUPT Laguna conducted a Barangay Volunteer Fire Brigade Olympics which was actively joined by the different contingents in the province of Albay. Famous for their rescue programs and well trained personnel, BFP Region–V under his leadership participated in the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) PALIGTASAN, a competition in rescuing communities which was sponsored by the provincial government of Albay in observance of the Disaster Consciousness Month. His extensive and vast knowledge in the field of public safety also made him head of the BFP Technical Working Group that assisted the contingents in the collapsed structure scenario held at Bicol University grounds, Legazpi City. He also facilitated the 1st National Rescue and Disaster Response Competition in July 2010, a nationwide skills competition that tested and showcased the readiness of the country’s rescuers, across different agencies, and disaster officials in the worst disaster scenarios which include water search and rescue (WASAR), collapsed building scenario, earthquake and fire scenario. Under his keen leadership, the elite Special Rescue Unit (SRU) – Region V eagerly participated in Maritime Disaster Week Celebration Interagency-WASAR at Legazpi Harbor on September 2010. Remarkable rescue programs and activities were made possible under his leadership. His efficiency and good working relations to other government and non-government agencies lead to the acquisition of new rescue equipment which was donated by the Office of the Civil Defense amounting to Php 600,000.00. He also instituted the formation of Regional Response Team for calamities and other related emergencies requiring rescue. Apart from these enormous and remarkable achievements, Chief Superintendent Laguna believes in social responsibility and wanted to serve his fellowmen beyond the sphere of his responsibilities as a senior fire officer. He is a staunch advocate of responsible gun use and ownership as he founded the first gun club in the entire Bureau of Fire Protection named Maltese 5.

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With twenty five (25) fruitful years in the fire service, FCSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA started as a substation commander and eventually rose to the position of being a directorial staff in the national headquarters. He has served as Regional Director to different regions all over the country for a total of thirteen years now and counting as he steers the whole force of BFP-NCR into greater heights. His immense experience in the field of administrative and operational aspects earned him numerous awards, citations, commendations, several plaque of recognition for his exemplary performance in the exercise of his tasks that significantly resulted to an effective and efficient delivery of vital and basic services to the people and the community. Among the awards and recognitions that are testament to his worth and brilliance include the INP HEROISM MEDAL (MEDALYA NG KADAKILAAN). This award was conferred to him for his performance of exemplary service and courage in defending Camp Crame in the 1989 coup d etat. He was recently conferred with LAKAN DISTINGUISHED AWARD for being an outstanding alumnus of the Philippines National Police Academy. He is an epitome of a service-oriented public safety officer who lived up to the tenets of the academy in his continuous commitment to public service by demonstrating highly commendable efforts in the numerous public safety campaign in the area of Region 5. The GAWAD KALASAG, an award conferred by the National Disaster Coordinating Council, in honor of BFP EMS Region-XI awarded by former president GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO at Heroes Hall, Malacañang Palace on August 2002 for the outstanding achievement in providing timely emergency medical response during emergency situations in the said region. With his active leadership, he pursued capability building programs aimed at equipping various sectors of society in Region XI with the knowledge and skills on basic life support and first aid. Another is the MEDALYA NG PAPURI on February 2008 for his invaluable contribution in the success of Oplan Paalala, a massive fire prevention campaign of the BFP, which has significantly reduced by sixty-two percent (62%) the number of fire incidents for the month of December 2007 as compaired to December of 2006. The Oplan Paalala also marked an impressive reduction of seventy seven percent (77%) in fire related casualties, sixty-two percent (62%) in fire related injuries and seventy three percent (73%) in fire related damages; and four percent (4%) in fireworks related incidents; He also received twice the MEDALYA NG KASANAYAN on January 2007 for his steadfast commitment to the interest and ideals of the BFP Region V, which has contributed in large degree to the attainment of the Bureau’s missions and objectives. The manner by which he carried out his mandated tasks deserves the accolade of those in the fire service; and for his selfless effort in building good rapport with the local government units and with its Chief Executives which resulted to the donation of lots in Sipocot, San Fernando, Lupi and Ragay, all in the province of Camarines Sur, giving way to the construction/renovation of the stations thereat. These local chief executives further extended efforts and assistance in the supervision of the construction of said fire stations, which attributed to the good physical and working conditions of BFP personnel and convenience to its clients.

In addition to these medals, over ten (10) plaque and certificates of appreciation from various government and non-government organizations including the media were awarded to him. Most of his certificates of appreciation are forms of gratitude by various volunteer fire brigades in his active partnership with them. These awards are only a fraction to his numerous achievements in the fire service. He firmly believe that more than these tangible awards, the fulfillment in serving the public stands out the most. This uncomplicated formula for success contributed immensely to his professional growth… the main reason why he had reached and earned the degree of honor and stature that he is enjoying right now. Chief Superintendent Laguna has engaged himself in numerous social service activities. Through linkages and hard work, the renovation and construction of various fire stations even without appropriation from the Bureau of Fire Protection were made possible. He was instrumental in the construction and establishment of a fire station in Abuyog, East District, Sorsogon City and in the municipality of Gubat in Sorsogon province. He has also made several medical missions that benefited hundreds of his constituents and fellowmen. Several relief operations on various calamities like Typhoon “Reming” were made possible through his untiring selfless efforts. His dedication to public service made these endeavors a realization. He actively engaged in the promotion of fire safety via trimedia through television exposure, media forums and print media articles. His sterling unblemished government service and laudable achievement paved way to a well-deserved promotion to his current rank of Chief Superintendent. His passion for public service and astounding achievements lead him to be the Regional Director of Bureau of Fire Protection-National Capital Region. Chief Superintendent Santiago E. Laguna believes that his real awards were not the medals, citations or awards conferred upon him but rather the compassionate heart that God has given him. His actions were all guided by faith, as all other public servants look up to him as their model. According to him, “the greatest measure of success is not how you reach the top but the number of lives you have touched along the way.” His active endeavor to recognize commendable efforts and achievements among his men in the fire service opened greater opportunities for personal and career advancement. He continues to be an inspiration not just among his men, but more significantly to the public that he dearly loves and serves. Through his hard work, dedication and conviction, he earned the confidence, respect and trust of the general public. “Indeed, blessed is the leader who seeks the best for those he serves.”

BATANG BUMBERO PROJECT By: FO2 Leonora M Marquez

To compensate for their problems in manpower and equipment, City Fire Marshal CINSP RODRIGO NAVALTA REYES of Malabon City Fire Station, came up with another pro-active project that aims to strengthen the fire prevention campaign of the Bureau of Fire Protection. He spearheaded and organized the launching of BATANG BUMBERO PROJECT last 14 December 2010 at the Ninoy Aquino Elementary School with the theme : “BATANG BUMBERO SA BAWAT TAHANAN, SUNOG TIYAK NA MAIIWASAN NATIN ‘TO.” The program started with the unveiling of the portraits of Benigno S. Aquino Jr and His Excellency President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III in honor of the latter and the former’s dedication and love for the country. The program which focused mainly in the development of fire safety consciousness among the school children and the youth of Malabon City was lauded by the DILG NCR Director RENATO BRION. In his message he emphasized that this wonderful program should be the role model for other cities in the National Capital Region and be emulated by other fire safety practitioners in their respective area of responsibilities. Chief Inspector Reyes gave an overview of the project and emphasize the value and importance of instilling fire safety consciousness during the formative years of a child. According to him, this project will be a great step in attaining our goal of having a FIRE-SAFE COMMUNITY. TV actress Angelika Dela Cruz sung the Batang Bumbero Jingle which was personnaly composed by Chief Inspector Reyes, while her sister, Mika Dela Cruz, a student of La Cabecera Montessori School led more than 80,000 students during the simultaneous oath taking ceremony. The collaboration between the DepEd –Division of City Schools of Malabon and the Malabon City Fire Station made the launching of BATANG BUMBERO Project possible. This project aims to achieve a FIRE-FREE community by educating children and youths with the basic principles of fire safety. By learning the basics of fire safety in school through the guidance of teachers and with the able instructions of the personnel from the BFP, students will have an increased level of fire safety awareness and will develop in themselves a high sense of responsibility. In return, student will also be able to impart their knowledge and consciousness among the members of their family, thus keeping their abode and the community safe from the hazards and destructive effects of fire. The successful launching of the project being the FIRST IN THE HISTORY OF THE BFP catches the watchful eye of the most prestigious media outfit in the country, the ABS-CBN Network. Channel 2 has chosen the BATANG BUMBERO project as their station ID which was aired on national television for four (4) months. Likewise, Ms. Jessica Soho’s State of the Nation program at Channel 11 featured the project last 24 March 2011. After the said project was launched, a poster bearing the sworn duties and responsibilities of BATANG BUMBERO were posted in their houses which will serve as a daily reminder to keep their abode safe from fire, thus leading to a safe and FIRE-FREE COMMUNITY.

A MEDALYA NG PAGTULONG SA NASALANTA was conferred to him for the simultaneous rescue and retrieval operations during the onslaught of typhoon “Reming”, which significantly the alleviated the condition of the people from the Bicol Region from the catastropic effect of the said typhoon.

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UPDATE REPORTS

NAVOTAS’ “TIMBA BRIGADA”…

ROAD FIRE P. A. T. R. O. L. (Pedicab And Tricycle Responders On Life)

Your Neighborhood Firefighters

By: FO2 Leonora M Marquez

By: SFO2 Gabriel A Trinidad

Bucket Relay, is considered as an ‘ancient’ firefighting technique but can be proven effective while waiting for the arrival of responding firefighters.

Fire is a time sensitive, urgent situation that we in the firefighting profession needed to attend to without delay. Every second counts in every fire alarm, therefore, NO TIME SHOULD BE WASTED. Unfortunately, in some instances, because of unnecessary delay in reporting a fire, BFP personnel and fire volunteers rushed to the fire scene only to find out that the structure subject of the fire was already fully engulfed by fire. In worse cases, fire has already conflagrated and for a considerable period of time goes beyond control. To mitigate this problem, the City Fire Marshal of MCFS CINSP RODRIGO NAVALTA REYES, in coordination with the Public Safety and Traffic Management Office of Malabon,

organized the ROAD FIRE P.A.T.R.O.L. PROJECT (Pedicab And Tricycle Resonders On Life). The man who is known for his FIRST OF ITS KIND PROJECT, once again came up with another upbeat project that will effectively enhance the fire notification of the BFP in case one has been immediately discovered. These pedicab and tricycle FIRE PATROLLERS being on the streets on a 24/7 basis will serve as FIRE WATCH so that when they happened to see a fire, they will immediately report the same to the nearest fire station for an immediate and prompt response. The project was formally launched on 29 April 2011 at Fil- Korean Friendship Garden, Malabon City to develop camaraderie between the BFP and the populace itself, particularly the pedicab and tricycle drivers. CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA, REGIONAL DIRECTOR, NCR who is our guest of honor and speaker gave his warm welcome and heartfelt thanks to the MCFS and the people who made this project possible. He also expressed his exhilaration in the launching this kind of project which can truly be of great help to the community. The program was ended with a BOODLE FIGHT as everyone ate with their bare hands. The tricycle and pedicab drivers with their respective presidents, the MCFS Officers and men, the MCJ Jail Warden, the Chief PSTMO, MR. RODERICK TONGOL, of course our valiant NCR Regional Director CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA, FD II District Director SUPT CARLITO C ENCINAS, and City Vice Mayor HON. ANTOLIN A ORETA III, are indeed united for the success of this project.

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However, ancient as it may seem, BFP personnel assigned at the Navotas City Fire Station harnessed on this firefighting technique to improve its firefighting capability by giving early intervention to the fire incident through the utilization of the people in every community under its area of responsibility (AOR), thus “Timba Brigada” was introduced. “Timba Brigada” is aimed at institutionalizing fire brigades and educating residents at the barangay level. Each Brigada is compose of residents from their respective barangay who will serve as the first line of defense tasked to extinguish any incipient fire that may occur within their vicinity with much safety precautionary measures. Every barangay, especially those areas considered as congested and fire prone, shall designate water refilling stations where sixty (60)-gallon drums and at least ten (10) buckets (timba), hang up with a bamboo wood on stand-by (for fire use only) in pre-designated alley or street that are visible to its residents. During the initial stages of fire, members of “Timba Brigada” will line up and pass on the buckets to extinguish the fire while some members will be tasked to fill up the drums. Orientation-trainings were conducted by the Navotas City Fire Station personnel in all fourteen (14) barangays in the city from February to March 2011. The training in Barangay Tangos was even covered by no less than Ms Jessica Soho and was aired on her show, “State of the Nation (SONA) with Jessica Soho” on GMA News TV 11 on March 24, 2011 during the observance of nationwide Fire Prevention Month. Timba Brigada is part of Navotas City Fire Station’s OPLAN: BARANGAY IWAS-SUNOG, with theme: “Together We can Prevent the Imminent Danger of Fire”. This OPLAN is aimed at organizing a fire brigade in every barangay, fire prevention and safety awareness campaign to its constituents and fire safety inspection to residential congested areas/informal settlers. Aside from the “Timba Brigada”, other teams in the fire brigade include the First Aid/Rescue Team, Communication/Alarm Team, Evacuation Team, Crowd Control/Security & Traffic Team to Support the City PNP and City Traffic & Parking Management Office (CTPMO).

Said OPLAN was launched in the light of two (2) fire incidents that occurred in Navotas City last August 2010 in Brgy. Navotas West and Sipac and January 2011 in Brgy. San Roque, where twelve (12) innocent people lost their lives and thousands of Navoteños left homeless. These incidents served as a wake-up call for the Local Government of Navotas City that directed the City Fire Marshal to spearhead said OPLAN along with all concerned agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs) and volunteers. Along this line, the Navotas City Fire Station hosted the 1st Navotas City Fire Prevention and Emergency Response Summit conducted on March 2011 for capability building and training for Navoteños on Fire Response Command and Communication System on Actual Fire Scenarios using the Table-Top Exercises with the aid of a comprehensive Google Fire/Hazard Reference Map of every Barangay in Navotas. As a result of said Summit, thru cooperation of Maynilad Water Supply Inc., thirty six (36) new fire hydrants were installed in different strategic locations within Navotas City. Navotas City Fire Station likewise conducted the 3rd Navotas City Inter-Barangay Fire Brigades and Volunteer Fire Engine Companies Fire Fighting Olympics, with CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA, BFP-NCR Regional Director as Guest-of-Honor and Speaker. This was highlighted by the application of the Coordinating Fire Response Action Plan in the firefighting competition. Participants to this activity consisted of the integrated Barangays, Volunteer Fire Engine Companies, City Health and Medical Service (HEMS) and BFP-Navotas City who were part of the simulation of fire response scenarios on typical areas in Navotas City. With all these activities, the entire Navotas City was able to witness the BFP-trained Navoteños in action as they passed on the buckets and properly used fire extinguishers to extinguish or at least confine a fire and the basic rescue carry techniques and transfer, which are vital actions of the community while waiting for the arrival of the responding firefighters. The Responding Units of City’s Fire Station/Sub-Stations saw the significance of the Timba Brigada as they witnessed buckets and fire extinguishers left to the fire scene during its responses that evidently resulted to a “Fire out upon Arrival” or “Fire out after First Responder’s Operations.” The Navotas City Fire Station has been extensively monitoring the institutionalization of the Timba Brigada as the Neighborhood Firefighters for all Barangay Fire Brigades with all other support groups for Fire Prevention and Emergency Response within its AOR. Thanks to the efforts of the Navotas City Fire Station who did their best to make Navotas City a safer place to live in by instilling in the minds of Navoteños the value of cooperation and unity in defense of destructive fires and other emergencies.

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BFP Valenzuela City Receives Eight Fire Trucks from the City Government

By FO1 Anthony I De Jesus

BFP-NCR Regional Director CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA, w/ Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian and Cong. Roman Romulo of Pasig City

The heavy downpour last Monday morning, July 11, 2011 failed to douse the morale of Valenzuela City’s BFP personnel, as it was the first time in their long years in the fire service that they had seen numerous gleaming red engines to boost their fleet. Coinciding with the 142nd Birth anniversary of its local hero, Dr. Pio Valenzuela, the City Government of Valenzuela turned over eight (8) units of fire trucks to Valenzuela City Bureau of Fire Protection. No less than its hardworking mayor, Hon. Sherwin “WIN” Gatchalian led the turn over ceremony, establishing further his firm aspiration to make Valenzuela a prime city under his helm. The BFP’s key officers were also present to witness the significant event. NCR Regional Director CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA and Director for Plans and Standard Development CSUPT CARLITO S ROMERO joined Valenzuela City Fire Marshal SUPT MEL JOSE P LAGAN in receiving the said fire trucks on behalf of the BFP-VC. The eight fire trucks consist of two (2) 3, 000 – gallon tankers, three (3) 1, 000 – gallon tank capacity, and three (3) 750 - gallon tank capacity engines. Aside from the five existing fire stations in the city namely Central Station (81), Sub-Fire Stations of Doña Ata (82), Polo (83), Dalandanan (85), and Paso De Blas (87) – the old stations of Canumay (86) and Bagbaguin (84) which were closed in the mid-90s due to lack of operational fire trucks will be re-opened, while two new ones will be added in the barangays of Mapulang Lupa and Bignay, with assigned station codes of 88 and 89, respectively. The installation of a new station in Barangay Bignay is a strategic decision to reach its similarly far-flung areas of Punturin and Lawang Bato. These three are the most remote barangays from the nearest Central

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Fire Station in Malinta, with responding time that would reach thirty minutes during rush hours – enough to consume an involved structure made up of light materials. Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian saw the need for additional fire trucks since there were only four (4) remaining operational engines in the city, with actually just two in good condition. Being a true administrator and a thinking leader, he’s aware that it’s not enough to boost the economy of the city but also equally important is to protect it from catastrophes such as fire. The good mayor admittedly considered as an eye opener a particular fire incident that razed an entire neighbourhood in Barangay Malanday, Valenzuela City on December 06, 2009, which rendered two hundred families homeless. The said tragedy triggered his resolve never to let such a destructive fire to happen again in the city, hence the solid support to the city’s fire protection unit. Aside from the donation of fire trucks, Mayor WIN also supported the creation of Bantay Sunog Volunteers -- a group of concerned citizens trained by the BFP-VC with full support from the city government. These volunteers were chosen to guard their neighborhood identified to be high-risk, fire-prone areas -- not to mention their poor accessibility for firetrucks due to narrow passages. Since the setting-up of these volunteers where it has gone full-blast this year, fire alarms and damage to properties due to fire noticeably decreased in the city, as compared to the same period last year. Working hand in hand, the BFP and the City government of Valenzuela are all geared up to usher progress to the Valenzuelanos, through an efficient fire protection that would preserve both their lives and properties.

“A DEPRESSED COMMUNITY BASED FIRE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS”

By: Hilda Gadon-Marquez,RN

Recently, City Fire Marshal of Valenzuela Station, SUPT MEL JOSE LAGAN launched a community based program dubbed as “Bantay-Sunog”, a Depressed Community based Fire Emergency Responders. The main objective of which is to establish information program to create awareness of the high prevalence of fire on depressed communities. The basic goal is to embark knowledge and skills in combating fire and related incidents adjoin to support recommendations and modifications that would work efficiently as well. SUPT LAGAN spearheaded the aforesaid program to conduct trainings and seminars on Basic Fire Safety and Suppression, Basic First Aid, Basic Life Support and Mass Evacuation. This program is based on the needs of the communities to upsurge fundamental knowledge to forcibly prevent fires in the best of their capacities as ordinary citizen, thus, to ensure proper performance and responsible decision making in times of emergency and catastrophe. The teamwork of Fire Safety Enforcement Unit empowered the activities not only the demonstration of competence of the BFP personnel but indeed the reinforcement of the Hon. Win Gatchalian, Mayor of Valenzuela City. The recently conducted program participated in by the members of various baranggay within Valenzuela City. The rapid development of the program cropped up with the idea of empowering public awareness and in-depth understanding of preventing fires. The team helped hand in hand in educating the participants which emerge

from eleven (11) remote barangays and cater a total of 923 volunteers from continuous batch of training. Despite of financial backdrop, it was sufficiently confluent with its primordial purpose to save lives and properties likewise to uphold promptness and awareness during the onslaught of fire and other disasters. Aside from the pertinent facts presented from the seminar, participants responded actively and positively on ways as to how to extinguish fire, like using bucket brigade as first line of defense to avoid fire conflagration. It was even highlighted with the proper demonstration and actual use of fire extinguisher, simulation of fire drill and mass evacuation exercises, as well as appropriate measures to provide immediate medical care on- scene however safety measures ensured by using (PPE) Personal Protected Equipment. The test of community partnership was held through competitions in light of assessment relating to safety and efficacy with respect to fire prevention. The giving of awards and commendations was held during the closing ceremony of the said event. Bantay-Sunog, laid out a challenge to serve a depressed community in particular, despite of limited resources, the very essence is to empower them to learn and innovate their capacities to get involved and to reinforce commitment to social responsibility. Moreover, in making effort on building relational bridges between BFP organization and the community as well, for the efficacy of public safety and well being.

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Muntinlupa Fire Station

Do Good Deeds

(Commitment to Public Interest and Service)

Leo 6 Visits Fire District 3 – NCR “BFP personnel must serve with a smile” By FO2 Lloyd A Moreno

Leo 6 has landed here - Spearheading its traditional quarterly activity, the Office of the District Fire Marshal launched its scheduled station visits within its AOR. This gave the chance for Fire District 3 – NCR to be acquainted with the newly installed NCR Director F/ CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA. Following the timetable and according as planned, the station visits were carried out as follows: 16 February 2011

Makati City Fire Station and District Headquarters

23 February 2011

Pasay City Fire Station

02 March

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Parañaque Fire Station

09 March

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Las Piñas Fire Station

16 March 2011

Muntinlupa Fire Station

. The agenda of the station visit and ranks inspection is to establish a routine check-up on the number of active personnel and equipment within its area of responsibility. In fact, this activity is an opportunity to promote the operational readiness and capability of personnel and equipment. CSUPT LAGUNA gave out some inspirational messages and conveyed what his administration is in store for the BFP-NCR. He pointed out the repair of non-operational fire trucks and equipment, he also encouraged that as public servants, BFP personnel must “serve with a smile”. He encouraged the troops to always take into consideration the wearing of proper and complete uniform, promoting the BFP’s good image to the public. “As uniformed public servants, taking consideration the replacement clothing allowance issued, BFP personnel must be responsible enough to provide the appropriate and complete uniform” the NCR Director added.

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officers, that old and corrupt lifestyles should be avoided. Furthermore, the dialogue focused on the predicaments and concerns regarding admin and operational matters. He reminded the Chief Admins to take charge and act out on issues regarding Differential claims, Replacement Clothing Allowances, Career Advancements and many others. An open forum was taken in hand where issues and concerns of drivers preventing them from getting promoted because of no available replacements if they go on for their required mandatory training/s. CSUPT LAGUNA was delighted to reveal his pending project to further strengthen the Bureau of Fire Protection in terms of equipment and infrastructure. He disclosed his vision of a better fire protection agency that lacks manpower and firefighting tools.

Manila Bulletin featured the City of Muntinlupa of having the “best fire station” in its June 13, 2011 issue. This acknowledgement came from no less than F C Supt Santiago E Laguna, director of BFP in the National Capital Region (NCR). “The building in Muntinlupa is so nice and their equipments are all brand new. If you see it, you’d think that you’re seeing a fire station from another country” he said. The leadership of its City Fire Marshal, CINSP RODERICK P. AGUTO SR. together with the whole force of Muntinlupa Fire Station, have maintained the operational readiness of the organization in case of any eventualities or calamities.

The Muntinlupa Fire Marshal has also been instrumental with the establishment of the Tree House Foundation. A non-government organization initiated by Champ, vocalist of the band HALE which aims to educate street children in Muntinlupa. The Non-Formal Education Program of Tree House Foundation include the development of these kids reading comprehension, math skills and arts. The Central Fire Station served as the venue for the said activities with an average of 50 students attending the teaching sessions every Saturday. The fire station, also sponsors the snacks for the children and the volunteers during these sessions.

With the help of the Local Government Unit (LGU), through its elected City Officials headed by the hardworking Muntinlupa City Mayor Aldrin L. San Pedro the City of Muntinlupa is now a safer place to live in.

As an update, the Tree House Daycare celebrated its 1st year anniversary last July 02, 2011.

The support of the local council has been an integral part in the development of fire service in the City of Muntinlupa as all city employees including those at the fire service worked towards a unified Muntinlupa. To boosts the morale of his men C INSP AGUTO, distributed schools supplies to MFS personnel last June 3, 2011. These pre-packed supplies contains notebooks, papers, rulers, pencils, ballpens, crayons and others essential school supplies to his men to ease up their burden during the opening of classes.

Overall, the station visit was effectively implemented and its intents and purposes were attained

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NEW PARANAQUE CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT UNVEILED By: SINSP JERLIN JERDEN S SALES BFP Operations Officer, Paranaque City

First concerted by the present City Fire Marshal, SUPT MANUEL M MANUEL, the new logo served as an official starting point of all formal office transaction ranging from fire safety certificates, fire drill certificates, stickers and clearances from calendar year 2008 to 2009 while awaiting the official forms. The logo came about through SUPT MANUEL’s initiative for a conceptual logo for the Paranaque Fire Department shirts, patches and eventually bumper and windshield stickers for the fire trucks and private vehicles for proper recognition within the city’s home owners association during fire inspection and for fire responding units during fire calls. The logo was then recognized by the City Mayor himself MAYOR FLORENCIO “JUN” M BERNABE JR to be placed on the first ever “fire mobile” Toyota Vios model 2010 on September 2008 for the Fire Marshal. The said logo then, was only visible exclusively for the Paranaque Department vehicles private and public which are used for official business. The logo then underwent transformation adopting the official logo of Paranaque City Government superimposed in the middle circle, instead of the tiger. It is an interesting fact that the said logo received numerous praises, even from the fire volunteer groups and requested copies and permissions for them to reproduce the said sticker for their uniforms, fire trucks and private vehicles. As part of an internal management of all BFP personnel in Paranaque whether officers, non commissioned officers, and fire aides, a new “yellow day polo shirt” uniform is worn during Friday’s sporting this cloth-logo patch version placed on the left side shoulder of the shirt for uniformity purposes and identification.

Collect more and Do more.. Pasig on its best Last year, Pasig Fire Station recorded the highest Fire Code Fees collection not only in the National Capital Region but in the whole bureau nationwide. The new law which took effect last January of 2010 was immediately implemented and enforced in the city. Then Pasig City Fire Marshal Superintendent RICARDO C PERDIGON urged his men to calculate and collect Fire Code Fees properly and unconditionally without any exemptions. “We should implement what the law dictates, to be able to do more in the future”, he said. Perseverance and effective supervision was the key to the success in fire code fees collection. Pasig Fire Station personnel patiently dealt and explained to their clientele the provisions of the new law, while key officers handily supervised the whole collection process. This excellent performance from the whole Pasig Fire Station Command yielded the best results of collection for the year 2010.

By SINSP RONALDO SANCHEZ

ON-CALL TOWARDS SERVICE FO3 Stephanie T Tabangcura

The most significant, historic earthquake zone in the Philippines is located just a few kilometers East of Manila and is known as the Marikina Valley Fault. The City is covered thickly with soft soils and thick sediments that may cause amplification of seismic motions. An even larger danger in an earthquake at the water’s edge can be liquefaction; soils liquefy losing its ability to support structures built on them. During an earthquake, the moving, shifting and groaning ball of rocks grind up each other. What happens next is, surface rupture and to cut short - total devastation and chaos. We don’t want to even think about the possibility of an earthquake, but aware of the City’s vulnerability to such disaster, this will be a very distressful event to every Marikeño. Disasters seem to be happening more often than ever before. Unfortunately, this has become all too evident lately not to overemphasize occurrence of other resultant events like fires. Emergency preparedness goes beyond fire alarms. With the amounts of earthquakes on the rise – we must understand what it truly means to be “Ready.” Recognizing that students spend majority of their waking hours at school and the possibility of an earthquake to strike at any unpredictable time, ON CALL, one of GMA News Channel’s rosters of public service shows hosted by news anchors Connie Sison and Ivan Mayrina, together with segment host, Valerie Tan sought assistance to conduct an Earthquake Drill, and have chosen from one of the schools in the city, Sta. Elena High School to give cortex and analysis to a news report. This activity which was conducted last July 13, 2011 was participated in by our Fire Engine-01, EMS Jaguar Alpha 161 and with the cooperation of the local emergency response team, Marikina Rescue 161. The drill showcased the actual response of BFP emergency units to an incident and underscored measures on how to render first aid treatment to an injured victim. Fire fighters with their hoses rushed at the ground floor of the building were fire was said to have originated at the Laboratory Room according to the report’s preset plan and EMS Team demonstrated procedures on the immediate treatment of cases like fractures and soft tissue injuries as played up by chosen students. The conduct of earthquake drills is stipulated under the government’s disaster preparedness program as directed by the President of the Philippines since CY 2006 which aimed to test and demonstrate the capabilities of local responders within affected communities. We can recall, this same school was the pilot school during the 1st Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill administered by former Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during her governance last June of 2006. The nationwide earthquake drill is regularly conducted after this successful pilot launch.

Managing a large group of students during a disaster is a challenge that must be addressed in advance through preparation and planning. An earthquake drill is an exercise designed to allow occupants of a facility to become familiar with and practice quick and safe exit from a building in case a damaging earthquake occurs. The school utilizes its layout of the building or a building plan which necessarily lays a schematic diagram of each room showing two escape routes. It determines the time required to evacuate a building and the manner in which it is done. Earthquake drill is very essential not only because it orients students, teachers and school administrators on earthquake preparedness in order to be informed on what to do before, during and after an earthquake. Likewise, it provides us opportunity to exercise resiliency and proficiency in our chosen field. These scenarios are the most favourable settings on teaching the community about safety. This will show them that the subject is serious and important without frightening them. Once they’re done with the school drill, they are encouraged to talk to their families about having a drill at home as well. Creative fire safety activities strengthen understanding and retention of the practices. The government’s primary role in protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of its citizens has been underscored. It recognizes that there is a need to focus on the development and implementation of comprehensive safe school plans for each public school which serve an integral part of rebuilding public confidence. In developing these plans, coordinated effort is essential to ensure the most effective response to any type of emergency. Further, comprehensive safe school plans for each public school are of paramount importance and will help to assure students, parents, guardians, school employees, and school administrators that schools provide the safest possible learning environment. Regular fire drills at schools are one way to assure that things will run smoothly in the event a real fire strikes your building. You can never tell when there will be an earthquake, but we can take steps to reduce or avoid damage, injuries or loss of life for the children in our care and the chance of surviving an earthquake unharmed.

Now, with the leadership of its new Fire Marshal, Chief Inspector ROY D QUISTO, Pasig City Fire Station is still moving on the right track. The newly appointed Pasig City Fire Marshal urged his men to become service oriented and implement the Fire Code of the Philippines in its full extent. As a result, the January-June 2011 Fire Code Fees collection already yielded Php 31,226,141.39 with still six months to go before the year end. Only a 2 million pesos plus difference on last year’s total collection for the year 2010.

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TAGUIG CITY FIRE MARSHAL

Lauded for his Critical Incident Management Program Taguig is a city in Metro Manila known for its humble beginnings. From a community of commercial and subsistent fish farmers along the shores of Laguna de Bay, it has become a fast blossoming residential, commercial and industrial center dubbed today as the “Emerging Supernova of the Philippines.”

By: SFO4 Ariel B Ferriols

After winning a dispute against Makati City over territorial jurisdiction, the Supreme Court defined its territorial boundaries all over Fort Bonifacio – a former military base converted to a modern commercial and residential development area which includes the Fort Bonifacio Global City and Mc Kinley Hills that paved the way for the city’s sustained growth and development. The acquisition of the vast land turned Taguig into a premier city, home to many Diplomatic Institutions like Singapore and Qatar Embassy located at the heart of Bonifacio Global City, the Kuwait Embassy, a leaseholder of Philplans Building, along Kalayaan Avenue, and the Korean Embassy adjacent to the British Embassy situated along C5 Road at Mc Kinley Hills. Taguig City also houses prestigious foreign schools such as the International School Manila, British School Manila and Manila Japanese School which are all located in Bonifacio Global City. The Chinese International School Manila, Euderun Colleges, and Korean International School Philippines in Mc Kinley Hills area. These prominent institutions can be an easy target for deliberate, malicious acts with all-out intention to mass casualty killing and/or disrupt the peacefulness and stability of the society with the application of CBRN materials. In turn, this prompted the Bonifacio Estate Security Group (BESG), together with Ayala Property Management Corporation, Net Group, International School and other major taxpayers in Global City, to call on all authorities’ concern, including Taguig City Fire Station under the leadership of F/CINSP JUNITO F MASLANG, to present in PowerPoint the readiness of his command in case of “Catastrophic Event”. F/SINSP BARRIOS, Chief, IIS and F/INSP TAGUIAM of SRU, presented a viable solution with greater concern to Critical In the meeting mentioned, F/CINSP MASLANG, OIC-CFM, Incident Management Program and the CBRN Plan (passive protection, contamination avoidance, and CBRN mitigation), which merit the praise and support of all the people present.

“PATEROS FIRE STATION AND FIRE VOLUNTEER BRIGADE FELLOWSHIP” By: SFO3 Daniel T Laron

It is expressly stated in the “New Fire Code of the Philippines of 2008” that the BFP shall assist in setting up a training program for the Fire Brigade and Fire Volunteer Organization

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The Pateros Fire Station headed by Municipal Fire Marshal SINSP MICHAEL E UY, held the very first Pateros Fire Station and Volunteer Fire Brigade Fellowship/Lecture last April 4, 2011 and was participated by various volunteer organizations such as Pateros Rescue 311, Pateros Rescue (LGU’s), Pateros Filipino-Chinese Fire Volunteer Brigade , Bambang Fire Rescue Volunteer, Kalawaan Fire Volunteer, Wawa Fire Rescue Volunteer , Ususan Fire Brigade, Barangka Ilaya Fire Rescue Volunteer, San Joaquin Fire Rescue and Volunteer and Buting Fire Volunteer.

/ Fire Brigade Organization through the Bureau of Fire Protection.

A total of 130 participants attended the occasion, that was officiated by SFO4 Reynaldo A Cruz (Chief Operations Section, Pateros Fire Station). He discussed Fire Fighting Procedures emphasizing on seven (7) stages of operation. The second topic was discussed by SFO3 Daniel T Laron (Chief, IIS-Pateros Fire Station). SFO3 Laron emphasized the role of Fire Arson Investigation in operation. Meanwhile, FO3 Sergio Q Montejo Jr (Chief, FSES – Pateros Fire Station) talked about the Legal Mandates of the Bureau of Fire Protection which include the duties and responsibilities of Fire Safety Enforcers in the implementation of the New Fire Code of the Philippines of 2008 (RA 9514) and the accreditation of the Fire Volunteer

It is expressly stated in the “New Fire Code of the Philippines of 2008” that the BFP shall assist in setting up a training program for the Fire Brigade and Fire Volunteer Organization. Member of the Fire Brigade and Volunteer Organization shall be afforded opportunities to improve their knowledge on fire prevention and suppression through seminars and special training classes.

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An open forum was held at the end of the lecture to address the problems encountered during fire operation and other matters. At the end of the program Certificate of Participation was given to each participant. This very first fellowship was initiated by SFO2 Jose Danilo S Asuncion who played a key role in the endeavor as he provided the much needed support by sponsoring the fellowship.

In line with these specific provisions of Fire Code the concept of scenario in which the Bureau of Fire Protection together with volunteer fire brigade groups in neighborhood cities will meet in one occasion and discuss matters concerning respective mandates.

ROLE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION AND FIRE EDUCATION

By: SR INSP CESAR M PATROCINIO JR, REE, FSE, MM

The office of the Public Information Section and Fire Education Section headed by SR INSPECTOR CESAR M PATROCINIO JR of the Quezon City Fire District were merged to efficiently and effectively achieve the BFP’s objectives in the implementation of sustained and focused fire safety awareness campaign that address the most vulnerable sectors of society from the damaging effects of fire. In order to ensure successful implementation of the program, a close coordination had been made by the PIS/Fire Education Section-QCFD personnel especially to the most affected sectors of both private and government institutions to gain support and ensure continuity of the program. Significant tasks of these offices include the collection of fire drill fees as mandated in R.A. 9514 also known as the Fire Code of the Philippines, scheduling and staging seminars & drills and the promotion of fire safety awareness through dissemination and education of our constituents. These activities have a big impact to the lives and properties of the constituents as their knowledge, preparedness, and alertness would be their shield against any eventualities most especially during conflagrations. Major activities made by these sections were seminars and drills conducted to different barangays, government/private establishment here in Quezon City. Some of these establishments are government vital installations, hospitals, schools, malls and even construction sites.

Newly Established “41 Base” Loyola Fire Substation By SR INSP CESAR M PATROCINIO JR, REE, FSE, MM

Loyola Fire Substation is the newly established substation of Station 3, of Quezon City Fire District-NCR. It augments the QCFD fire operational capability which has an existing twenty (20) fire substations in the entire district. The operational call sign for this new fire substation is called “forty one (41)” base. It is located at Barangay Loyola compound which has a direct access to Katipunan Avenue fronting Miriam College. Its brand new fire truck has a water capacity of 1000 gallons complimented with complete firefighting accessories. The said fire sub-station is manned by organic QCFD personnel augmented by selected personnel from Barangay Loyola.

BARUELO, SR INSP NOEL M GAGALAC, SR INSP ARNOLD D ULANDAY and SR INSP CESAR M PATROCINIO JR who facilitated the documentation of the station, fire truck and personnel before the staging of the event.

The activation of this new substation was made possible through the effort of the dynamic DILG Secretary JESSE M ROBREDO in the acquisition of the brand new fire truck in coordination with the Bureau of Fire Protection and in cooperation with Congressman Bolet Banal and Barangay Chairman Cesar Marquez for the location of the station.

During the program, Congressman Bolet Banal gave his inspirational message to his constituents and stressed the importance of the newly established fire substation in their place especially on any threat or emergencies. Meanwhile, SILG JESSE M ROBREDO thanked everybody who worked for the establishment of Loyola Fire Sub-stations, for, according to him it will not only benefit the residents of Barangay Loyola but also the whole Quezon City populace.

Last June 29, 2011, the MOA signing and fire truck blessing was done through the hardworking QCFD fire officers led by SR SUPT BOBBY V

On the said (MOA signing & blessing) event, the main guest of honor was SILG JESSE M ROBREDO who led the MOA signing and blessing of the fire truck with the presence of BFP-NCR Regional Director CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA, QCFD Fire Marshal SSUPT BOBBY V BARUELO & his Officers and staff with QC local government officials led by Congressman Bolet Banal, District 3 Councilors and Barangay Loyola officials led Brgy Chairman Cesar Marquez.

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SR SUPT JOSELITO A QUIBIN

NAMED NEW MFD

CHIEF The Manila Fire Department Celebrates 110th Founding Anniversary By: FO2 Francisco Ruiz Montevirgen

Last April 31, 2011, Senior Superintendent JOSELITO A QUIBIN was named as the new Fire Marshal of the Manila Fire District replacing its former chief, Superintendent FELIXBERTO F ABRENICA who was re-assigned as the Deputy Regional Director for Administration at Region IV-A (CALABARZON). SR SUPT QUIBIN, who is also the concurrent DRDA of the Bureau of Fire Protection-National Capital Region stands to face another challenge in his colorful career as the new MFD Chief. Manila Fire District, as we all know is the pioneer of Philippine Fire Service. Aside from the fact that fire service in the country originated from the City Manila 110 years ago, the City is considered worldwide as the most densely populated city in terms of population per square area. Approximately 1.7 million people were packed like sardines in a 38 square kilometer city. Realizing this challenge, the newly designated head of the MFD immediately familiarized himself with the “MFD System”, meeting up with different heads of the MFD’s units, sections and offices. He reorganized some of the District’s key positions like the Office of the DDFMA which is now headed by SR SUPT JOSE S EMBANG and the Office of the Chief Administration Branch which was designated to C INSP ARVIN REX AFALLA to facilitate his administration as DFM of Manila. He ordered the submission of report from all units on a weekly and monthly basis to monitor their performance and activities during those periods. He also conducted weekly staff meeting to discuss current issues, memoranda and upcoming events every Tuesday in the morning. Upon these meetings the idea to came up with the MFD’s own Identification Card was brought out. Within a

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week the first batch of MFD ID Cards was issued and in a span of one month all MFD Personnel including those in the Station Level already have their respective identification cards. In terms of morale and welfare development, he emphasized the development of a person as a whole. He organized the celebration of the Holy Mass every 1st Friday of the Month at the MFD HQ. For the physical aspect, the MFD Chief organized a basketball tournament for the whole MFD HQ personnel with games held every Thursday of the week. To further improve his knowledge about Manila, he sought an audience with the Honorable City Mayor of Manila, Mayor Alfredo S. Lim to discussed his plans and programs for the MFD. During their discourse, he expressed his full support to the leadership of the good mayor and expressed his willingness to participate in all the endeavors of the local government which will require the services of the fire bureau. The new MFD Chief, even in his still short stint as Manila Fire Marshal have shown leadership by example. He spearheaded all activities of the MFD which include the recent celebration of the Philippine Independence Day, Manila Day and the rainy Rizal Day were he led the MFD Contingent in paying homage to our National Hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal in front of his shrine despite the bad weather. Manila Fire District was blessed with a lot of great leaders in its long list of “fire line”. Leaders who have shared their expertise, knowledge and dedication to the oldest fire fighting organization in the country. With the character and strong leadership that Senior Superintendent JOSELITO A QUIBIN is showing we’re confident that the chain of MFD’s great leaders will not be broken.

“ISANG SENTENARYO’T, ISANG DEKADANG PAGLILINGKOD SA MGA MANILENOS” By: CINSP CAROLINA P DIONISIO

SR SUPT JOSELITO A QUIBIN the newly designated Manila Fire District Director as he assumed his post few months ago is full of pride and self actualization being part of the rare occasion as they celebrate the 110th Founding Anniversary (August 7,1901-2011) of Manila Fire District. Since the designation of his top post the entire personnel have become inspired to work hard and stretch out their active participation for the improvement and upgrading of their performance. Their attitude and motivation initiated through the leadership of no less than SR SUPT QUIBIN whose trait described as the man of few words, disciplined and has heart to look for the welfare of his people. The Manila Fire Department have become motivated and have established camaraderie among personnel because of the various activities implemented by his new effective supervision. The celebration was held last 05 August 2011 at the 4th floor of the Manila Fire Department, Quiricada Street, Sta Cruz, Manila. The program started at 7:30 a.m. with the opening Mass of Rev. Fr. Balistoy. Our Guest of Honor and Speaker was Congresswoman MARIA ZENAIDA ANGPING REPRESENTATIVE 3RD District of Manila dedicated her speech to all the Manila Fire Department Personnel and to all the Manila Fire Volunteers and expressed her gratification for their sacrifices and accomplishment being rendered to the citizenry of Manila. The honorable congresswoman also promise to lobby for the renovation of the two fire stations namely San Nicolas and Tanduay Fire Station which are both under her jurisdiction at the 3rd District of Manila. She also assured everybody that she, together with the principal author of the

BFP Modernization Bill, Honorable Rep. JV Ejercito of San Juan will do their very best for the passage of the said bill because they realized the importance of the BFP in the development of the country. The Manila Fire District Director SR SUPT JOSELITO A QUIBIN rendered his message and he was very appreciative for all the support given to him by all his personnel as well as the volunteers to accomplish their common goal. The Deserving Manila Fire District Personnel with corresponding Recognition/Awards: FOR THE EXCELLENT SENIOR FIRE OFFICER – INSP GENEROSO MACATANGAY JUICO Sub Station Commander Arroceros Fire Station FOR THE OUTSTANDING NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERSFO3 Jovencio F Rodil OIC Engine Coy #3 FOR THE SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD FOR NUP NUP HERMENIGILDO T GUIMBA Chief, FARD FOR THE SERVICE LOYALTY AWARD SFO4 JOSE M MALACA NUP RUBEN O ADRIANO MOST ORDERLY AND CLEANEST STATION: For their exemplary performance in maintaining cleanliness and orderliness and within the vicinity of their station STA ANA FIRE STATION

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Ray of Light for the Fire Service

By: FO2 Francisco Ruiz Montevirgen

During the celebration of the 110th Founding Anniversary of the Manila Fire District at the MFD HQ in Sta. Cruz, Manila last August 05, 2011, the Honorable Representative from the 3rd District of Manila Congresswoman Zenaida Angping gives the fire service something to hope for. Upon learning of the various services that the MFD offers to the public, the lady solon promised to work hard and lobby for the reconstruction and renovation of San Nicolas and Tanduay Fire Stations. These two Stations were among the first fire stations ever built during the establishment of the Manila Fire District during the early part of the 20th century and can be considered as historical landmarks since these stations were established during the American Regime. She also cited that the MFD Headquarters that houses the San Lazaro Fire Station would need some “remodeling”, and if it is possible she will include it in the list of projects that she will prioritized. According to her, the Manila Fire District, which is formerly known as the Manila Fire Department, is undoubtedly a part of the rich and colorful history of the City of Manila, since its establishment on the 7th day of August of the year 1901 through the American sponsored Philippine Commission. The fire service in Manila have helped maintained peace and order in Manila from the American Regime, time of Japanese Occupation, post war era and the Martial Law years. Now, the fire service continues to work hand in hand with the local government with regards to public order and safety within their respective area of responsibilities.

Rep. Angping discuss ‘ the role of the BFP in the community with BFP-NCR Regional Director CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA and MFD District Fire Marshal SRSUPT JOSELITO A QUIBIN.

Realizing the need to upgrade the capabilities of the Bureau of Fire Protection, the honorable representative will co-author HB 2994 which Provides for the Modernization of the BFP. This propose bill is principally authored by the Honorable Joseph Victor G. Ejercito of San Juan and is already on its First Reading at the lower house. She said that she and Congressman Ejercito will do whatever it takes for the passage of the said bill, because it is high time that the public fire protection be recognize and be modernize for the swift execution of their mandated tasks of saving lives and properties.

Manila Fire District Inks Memorandum of Agreement With Manila Business College By: FO2 Francisco Ruiz Montevirgen

Last August 5, 2011, during the celebration of the Manila Fire District 110th Founding Anniversary, the MFD headed by its Fire Marshal SR SUPT JOSELITO A QUIBIN, signed a memorandum of agreement with the Manila Business College represented by its Executive Vice President Mr. Jameson Chua and Senior Vice President Stephen Ding Jr. The MOA which was signed at the conclusion of the event, states that the MFD Basketball Court will be utilized by MBC students as part of their Physical Education Classes and activities. In return, the MBC administration will provide scholarship grants to qualified MFD personnel and/or its dependent or beneficiaries that will meet the necessary standards as stipulated under annex “A” of the said MOA. The Honorable Representative Zenaida Angping of the 3rd District of Manila, Mr. Gerry “Mr. Ube” Chua of TXTFIRE Philippines together with the Officers and Men of the MFD witnessed the historic signing of the said agreement which is the highlight of the celebration of the MFD’s 110th Founding Anniversary. SR SUPT JOSELITO A QUIBIN and MR. JAMESON CHUA, EVP of MBC signs the MOA between MFD and MBC as (from left to right) SR SUPT JOSE S EMBANG, CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA, MR. FREDERICK STEPHEN DING JR and MR. GERRY CHUA Stands at the background.

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CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA delivers his speech during his testimonial parade at PNPA ground, Camp Gen. Mariano Castañeda, Silang, Cavite.

TESTIMONIAL PARADE IN HONOR TO F/CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA, DSC By: FO2 Eduardo L Pasco Jr

The cadets of Philippine National Police Academy gave F/ CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA a testimonial parade and review in recognition of his accomplishment in the field of public service at PNPA Ground, Camp General Mariano Castañeda, Silang, Cavite on July 16, 2011. This ceremony is a tradition given to the alumnus of the institution who reaches the rank of CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT as noted by PNPA Director P/SSUPT NESTOR FAJURA. The latter added that only a few of them were given this due recognition. A Mini Shaku was given as a token of appreciation to CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA citing his outstanding accomplishment which brought prestige to the Philippine National Police Academy.

of the country, Vice-President Jejomar C Binay conferred him with the Lakan Distinguished Award for being an exceptional alumnus in Philippine National Police Academy. This award was presented to him for his laudable efforts for the conduct of numerous public safety campaigns when he was the Regional Director of Region 5. During his speech, F/CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA said that just like the others, he also struggled and sacrificed a lot of things during his days in the institution. To inspire and encourage the troops and his fellow alumnus, he urged them to remember all these hardships as they quest for excellence especially in rendering public service.

CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA thanked the mentors in the institutions who taught him the rudiments of public service, and instilled the teachings that made him right now: a dedicated and outstanding public servant. CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA has been a recipient of numerous awards and recognition from the Bureau of Fire Protection, Local Government Units and private institutions. It was on March 19, 2011, when no less than the Vice-President

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Logistics Office Vows to Improve Fire Service Through Provisions of Essential Supplies By: FO2 Francisco Ruiz Montevirgen

“The logistics unit of every organization plays a crucial part in carrying out its mission”.

In the early days, man has to find his own food and weapons when he engaged in wars. When these warriors started to form groups, the idea of designating men to be in charge for the provisions of food, supplies and weapons to the combatants has emerged, thus forming the first logistics organization. The main role of these officers remains the same regardless of where they are stationed; to ensure that the fighting force is supplied with enough food, water, fuel and ammunition to complete the task at hand. That’s why the logistics unit of every organization plays a crucial part in carrying out its mission. Realizing this importance, INSP BONIFACIO BANICO, the Chief of Logistics Division of the Bureau of Fire Protection-National Capital Region have initiated the procurement program in line with the plan of C SUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA, the Regional Director of BFP-NCR to modernize the fire service in the metropolis. As a start, the BFP-NCR procured 60 units of double deck steel bed complimented with 100 pieces of foam mattresses to replace the old and dilapidated sleeping units in the NCR. Inspector Banico have also acquired medicines to make sure that our medical clinics in the NCR would have enough medicines in their cabinets in case our men needs them.

Honing the new breed of Firefighters

Our fire truck drivers as well as engine crew members need not worry anymore as our fire trucks will now be sporting new tires and batteries to insure its road worthiness and operational readiness. The upgrading of communication has also been one of the utmost concerns in Chief Superintendent Laguna’s administration. As part of the development, the initial procurement of antennas, power supply and other essential parts our radio and communication system has been made to boost our capability in relaying significant information and messages. The upgrading of our computer system has also been made possible through the reconditioning of our existing desk top computer sets. The upgrading of these computers will help us in the management of important data and make the transfer of information from one office to another swift and handy. In the aspect of fire prevention, print materials for fire safety awareness has been printed out and distributed to different offices, units and stations to ensure that the public in all parts of the metropolis have been properly informed and educated.

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Inspector Banico, said that this is just the beginning. The Office of the Regional Director through the Office of the Logistics Division will make sure that our men in the BFP-NCR would have a better and conducive working environment as they try to provide our men with the essential supplies that they will need in their quest of providing the public with quality fire service.

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CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA, DSC has kept himself busy in the promotion of fire safety in his area of responsibility. Since he assumed the responsibility of being the Regional Director of the BFP-NCR he had already engaged himself in various information campaigns in different parts of the metropolis. Information dissemination through the tri-media, a number of TV and radio interviews, conduct of lectures and seminars and inspection of establishments were among the long lists of activities in his itinerary.


FIREMAN IN ACTION Barangay 195 Fire Brigade Helped Save 16 Children from Blaze By: INSP. ERVIC S. GAVIERES, BFP

“The public’s participation is always indispensible. Incidents like these best displays how valuable the local barangay units are as first responders at the scene” On the eve of April 16, 2011, sixteen children along with the rest of the personnel from the Social Development Center in Pasay City were evacuated to safety by the first responders from Barangay 195 as the blaze quickly engulfed the two-storey foster home.

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“It all started with a loud sound, ‘Boog’!” as Ms. Ma. Cheryl Grospe Patinio, a 42-year old House Parent of the Social Development Center in Pasay City explained. Patinio said that the children together with the on-duty house parent were watching television that night when they all heard that suspicious sound. Patinio immediately went out to investigate as she recalled seeing a “blue” light from the ceiling. Another fellow house parent eventually confirmed that the loud sound came from a fluorescent lighting fixture that collapsed as the ceiling located at the hallway near the girls’ room on the second floor was already on fire.

STAR with the STARS

Upon learning about the incident, personnel from Barangay 195 quickly responded to the call. As first responders, Barangay 195 Fire Brigade together with several members of the barangay council brought the evacuees to a safer place. Reports say that the local barangay officials along with the personnel of the Social Development Center returned to the fire scene with fire extinguishers and buckets of water to help extinguish the fire.

THE GENERAL. CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA sought the assistance of prominent personalities for the promotion of fire safety awareness.

“Unselfish acts like these deserve commendation”, says Pasay City Fire Marshal CINSP DOUGLAS M GUIYAB. “The bravery displayed by the barangay officials ensured the safety of the victims and that their vigilance delayed the destruction of nearby structures from the clutches of fire.” The fire marshal recognized the bravery of barangay tanods Alvin Pascua (who suffered minor injuries during suppression operations), Francisco Pascua, and Merlito Marquez; Kagawad Jose Dela Rosa Jr., Barangay Sec. Juvy De Guzman and Barangay Treasurer Joselito Verde in their efforts to put out the fire before it spreads to nearby structures. “The public’s participation is always indispensible. Incidents like these best displays how valuable the local barangay units are as first responders at the scene. The lectures and drills we conduct are finally paying off”, the Pasay City Fire Marshal explains as he elaborates on how well the barangay officials executed what they have learned from the Fire Safety seminars conducted by this Station. “Pasay City Fire Station is an advocate of fire safety which is evident in its efforts to disseminate awareness through fire safety lectures and seminars to the public, as well as the conduct of fire safety inspections and the enforcement of applicable mandates of the new Fire Code”, F/C Insp Guiyab concluded. Thanks to these valiant members Barangay 195 Fire Brigade, the nightmare of Assosacion de Damas De Pilipinas was not repeated as 16 lives of innocent children were spared from the blaze.

Another Spidey Wannabe Rescued By: FO2 Francisco Ruiz Montevirgen

Last July 09, 2011, at about 8:15 in the morning, personnel of San Nicolas Fire Station received a call from the Fire Alarm and Radio Division of the Manila Fire District regarding a situation at the compound of Cargo Lift Shipyard Corporation in Baseco, Tondo. Upon hearing the details from the dispatcher, Ladder Truck Coy # 1 headed by Senior Inspector REGGY A OLMEDO immediately proceeded to the said location. When they arrived at the scene, they saw a group of people clustered in the grounds of the compound staring towards the top of the building. From their position, they saw a woman who clings and hangs at the top of the roof. According to bystanders, the woman who have a mental disorder, climbed on top of the roof and started clinging back and forth to the metal frames of the roof as if she was the female version of our all time favorite hero Spiderman. Senior Inspector OLMEDO, immediately coordinated with Engine Coy # 4 and Philippine National Red Cross Emergency Medical Services and plan their next move. Ladder Coy # 1 facilitated the rescue operation and have tried to convince the woman to go down. The mental condition of the woman makes the rescue operation even more difficult. She eluded the rescuers most of the time and threatened to jump off the roof if someone will try to approach her. But our men’s patience and dedication have proven their worth. After learning that the woman won’t yield that easily, they decided to try a different approach. They started to talk to her and befriended her. Slowly, the woman settles down and with proper timing the rescuers finally convinced the woman to go down unscathed. The woman who was later identified as Desiree Ibanez , 29 years of age also of Baseco Compound was properly endorsed to the PNRC-EMS for proper treatment. Acrophobia is an extreme or irrational fear of heights..When a person has an extreme reaction to heights, it typically manifests as an anxiety attack. A faster heart rate, labored breathing, a feeling of being trapped and excessive sweating are all symptoms of the panic felt by an acrophobic. The fear often penetrates so deeply that they’re unable to move. Many of us have fear of being in high places.

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“HERE WE COME TO SAVE THE DAY” By: FO2 Francisco Ruiz Montevirgen

“Here I come to save the day”. That’s the famous line of Mighty Mouse, a famous cartoon character who always saves the day for everybody, and perhaps these were also the exact, same words in the minds of Engine Coy # 12 members when they proceeded to a rescue operation last June 24, 2011 at Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard in Sta. Mesa, Manila at the height of Typhoon Falcon. After receiving reports that there were hundreds of commuters trapped in that area, Station 12 personnel headed by Chief Inspector CRISFO L DIAZ, was immediately dispatched in the location for possible rescue operations. On their way to the scene, C INSP DIAZ and his men encountered heavy traffic at the corner of Nagtahan and Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard. Realizing that the traffic won’t move any further, he decided to make a counter flow at the other side of the street. When they reached M. Dela Fuente Street the company stay for a while to assess the situation. Upon learning that the flood have reached more than one meter in height, they decided to bring down the rubber boat and began their mission.

Makati City Fire Station

Responds to Successive Disasters

Upon CINSP DIAZ’s command, Station 12 personnel started picking up passengers and filled the boat with a maximum of 12 passengers per trip. The commuters were already soaking wet because rain never ceased during that day. They cramped and shivered inside the rubber boats while the courageous men of Sampaloc Fire Station pushed the boat manually for about 200 meters of flood waters as they conveyed them from M. Dela Fuente St. up to Altura St. Leopard Echo 6 and other members of his company did not mind the murky waters and its effect to their personal safety as long as they have brought the victims to safer grounds. The chilling cold of flood waters did not prevent them from doing their job. They exposed their selves to infection just to preserve the lives of others and even went back and forth to the same route and have successfully transported and rescued an estimated 250 people from the flood after long hours of continuous rescue operations. After all stranded commuters along Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard were safely brought to higher grounds, members of Engine Coy # 12 decided to load the fire boat back to Engine 12 and proceeded to check other areas in their AOR. Upon seeing that their services were no longer required they went back to station on or about 25 0111H June 2011.

By : FO1 Gladdes H Arreco

In the afternoon of January 25, 2011, a passenger bus exploded along Buendia MRT Station. The Regional Director of the Bureau of Fire Protection National Capital Region Chief Superintendent SANTIAGO E LAGUNA immediately directed all available units to respond in the area. Upon reaching the area, a passenger bus of New Man Bus Liner with plate number TXJ 710 was seen torn apart with pieces of debris scattered along the streets. Special Rescue Unit Personnel, Engine 111-A crew and EMS Apollo crew were the first responders in the area with CSUPT Laguna serving as the incident commander. A total of ten (10) bodies were extricated by the Special Rescue Unit Personnel and 111-A crew. These bodies were immediately transported by EMS Apollo and other ambulances to the nearest hospital for intensive treatment. Two days after the Newman Bus Liner blast, Makati City Fire Station Personnel responded to another incident which involved a number of construction workers in Eton Tower located at Paseo de Roxas Makati City. According to information, the victims fell from the building when the gondola that they were using collapsed.

Responding units had a difficulty entering the facility because in house security personnel initially refused the entry of responding fire fighters in the premises. After they were allowed to enter the area, rescuers found eleven bodies scattered in the 8th floor. The rescuers immediately assessed the conditions of the victims and miraculously found out that one of the victims is still breathing and partially conscious. The surviving victim was immediately brought to the hospital for proper treatment. Meanwhile, Special Rescue Unit members was compelled to improvise and rappel to retrieve the bodies of other victims who were entangled on a wire mesh at the 8th floor.

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POINT OF VIEW

Embracing BFP Modernization FO2 Eduardo L Pasco Jr

The Bureau of Fire Protection is well poised on the path of transforming itself into a potent premise of advancement for modernization. Indeed, it is by virtue on Republic Act 9514 or the Revised Fire Code of 2008, a trust fund for modernization is created wherein 80% of the revenue from the fees charge for the issuance of fire safety certificates, permits and licenses required prior to the occupancy of building is collected by the bureau and 20% is set aside by the city and municipal for the maintenance of local fire stations. Part and parcel of this modernization is the establishment of the fire stations in the locality with adequate personnel, equipage and facilities. As of June 2011, the Bureau of Fire Protection in the National Capital Region has 127 fire stations of which a visible shortage triggers the concern for the additional stations for the said BFP modernization program since National Capital Region is a densely populated region. It becomes a challenge for the BFP-NCR Director, CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA to enhance and continue the modernization drive of the Bureau for the ultimate delivery of public service to the people since the fact that the agency remained saddled with these perennial problems such as dilapidated firefighting equipment, sloppy fire fighting gears and barely operational fire trucks. He exerted efforts to make certain that this long process of modernization will be attained by the Bureau, accelerating the building of modern logistics and establishing more fire stations. Further, he has deepen friendly exchanges and cooperation with the fire volunteer brigades, building harmonious collaborations to them since they are force and equipment multiplier and sharing same advocacy

in saving lives and properties from destruction of fires as well as other similar emergencies and in other way around are more advance than us from fire trucks, fire equipment, rescue paraphernalia and the like. As a matter of fact, on June 29, 2011, a new firesubstation was launched in Loyola Heights Quezon City where a Memorandum of Agreement was executed by SILG JESSIE M ROBREDO, F/CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA, F/SSUPT BOBBY V BARUELO and HON. CAESAR P. MARQUEZ, Barangay Captain, LOYOLA HEIGHTS, QUEZON CITY. The Regional Director was pleased on this endeavor showed by people of Loyola Heights in Quezon City in helping the bureau in lessening the deficiency in fire stations region wide. Moreover, he is still hoping that more local government units would allocate funds for fire stations since the bureau is dependent on them.

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SA SONA 2011” By FO2 Joel C Del Mundo

Overheard before the SONA: “taun-taon nalang ‘yan kasama ang mga bumbero dyan sa SONA di man lang nabigyan ng commendation, minsan gutom pa inaabot namin.” The BFP together with other contingents from the Local and National Government is spearheaded by the PNP to provide security, peace and order during the SONA which is given by the President every last Monday of July. Well, this recently concluded State of the Nation Address (SONA) held last July 25, 2011 with the 15th President of the Philippines Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III is somehow special for me for not just once, not twice but thrice that I heard him mentioned the Bumberos (BFP) in his message which has something to do with the symbolic WANG-WANG’s exclusivity for emergency but instead used abusively for one’s personal advantage.

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Kudos! My friends, we are now being recognized in print Medias, T.V. commercials, movies and now in SONA of how wonderful our job is. Our reputation is now raised to the standard of our international firefighting counterpart. Thanks to the media, before people know only that we are tapped to respond to incidents regarding fire but now they begin to notice that we respond to floods, earthquakes, civil disturbances and whatever disasters may come our way. So, somehow we should learn to take care not to blemish this prestige of being respected public servants.

Then the offer of providing us low cost housing and thanking us for the services we had given to the public.

Lastly, P-NOY said we learn not to pull each other down but somehow thank each other for important little things that matters, like-thanking a drenched policeman doing his job under the rain, the nurse who opted to work here instead of abroad, our teachers for honing us become who we are today.

Woah! The first time I’ve heard of such thing, and take note from the Philippine President himself! Not even or rarely even mentioned in our Monday morning flag raising ceremony in our city have I heard the speaker of the day that the BFP was given credit for. It’s always the kapulisan, kasundaluhan, mga guro at ordinaryong empleyado.

Now Mr. President, let me thank you for accepting by saying “YES” to run for president when Filipino people are clamoring for a decent person to lead the nation from poverty. We can now dream that good life is within our grasp. Overheard after the SONA: “Wow! Ngayon lang ako nabusog sa SONA daming pagkain dumating.”

Not only did P-NOY mentioned us, the BFP together with the AFP, PNP and BJMP were given a chance to acquire a house you will pay just for two hundred pesos a month provided you pass the criteria needed. With this we are offered a chance to cope up with life’s challenges.

Still, it would have brought tears in my eyes should P-NOY addressed the nation to thank the firemen despite lacking in sophisticated equipment we still managed to penetrate a burning building whatever it takes just to put the fire out.

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MORALITY OF A PUBLIC SERVANT FO2 Eduardo L Pasco Jr

“Morality does not make us an individual. But nobody can be a good individual without morality.” In current issues on public scandals and criminal offences dragging the name of our prominent government leaders relative to the discharge of their public functions is an apparent alarming condition of their public service morality. Its manifestations are tax evasion, deceit and dishonesty, graft and corruption and mutual accommodation and protection among members of the political elite. Apparently, this moral dilemma ruins the public trust and confidence of the people to our government leaders. Needless to say, these government leaders are called as public servants. Leaders that were trusted by the people to develop and carry out policies that concerns public interest. Indeed, their moral duty is to act in a trustworthy manner and should be regarded with the highest degree of responsibility, efficiency, loyalty patriotism and justice. Situations where the terms corruption and abuse being attached to the words public servant is somewhat inevitable. The question now is “how can we get rid this premise in the minds of our people?” Undeniably, it’s not easy for us to stamp out this inculcated premise but the best thing to exquisite our image and to regain the lose trust ruined by our fellow servants is to give our best service to the ultimate public. To be fair enough, as firefighters whose advocacy is to serve the people in saving lives and protecting properties by suppressing destructive fires, it is our moral obligations to carry out this sworn promise in good faith and with the best of our knowledge. We should instill in our minds that public interest must come first and personal interest shouldn’t be associated with the word public service at all times. In relation to President Aquino’s battlecry, “DAANG MATUWID”, the restoration of morality and rationality in the conduct of public service is urgent. The renewal of our public life through the development of our moral values should be exemplified. All of us in the government service should be guided by these values and should emphasize the practice of simple living. Truth must be told, public servants should behold and uphold the significance of integrity and morality in public service. Definitely, I would say that this is important element to regain the trust of the public.

LEADERSHIP SINSP GILBERT I VALDEZ

“In matters of style, swim with the current, in matters of principle, stand like a rock”

Have you heard the statement “He or she is a born leader?” Probably, some people have natural inherent positive traits that put them in the position of being looked up to as a leader, though some undergo training, or participate in seminars to aid them in developing certain characteristics that make them better suited to lead. Whichever the case, each person given the opportunity to lead should have qualities that will ultimately make him a good leader. What qualities are these? A good leader should lead by example and should have an exemplary character. There is a saying “I would never ask anybody to do something I wouldn’t do myself”. If you want your workforce to work hard and be diligent, then you should live up to your own ideals. If, for example, you always come to work late, or are being unprofessional, then it would be quite difficult for them to follow your rules, when you yourself are breaking them. A good leader is enthusiastic about his work and also about his role as leader, though he is also humble enough to know that he is a member of a team, and as such, also has certain tasks of his own within the team. He is not exempted from the work process, and should be willing to do his share of the chore or undertaking. Leaders need to be a source of inspiration, and should be able to motivate his people to do their job well. His personnel do their work because they enjoy doing it, and enjoy being a member of his team. Being a leader is not about telling people what to do, but rousing them to see what they are capable of, then, helping them get there. As George S. Patton said: “don’t tell people how to do things, tell them to do and let them surprise you with the results”. But during the arduous process, he should also remember to show sincere appreciation for their efforts. A good leader is confident, but not overly so that he refuses to listen to others. Good leaders know that they don’t know everything. I’ll repeat this. Good leaders know that they don’t know everything. While ultimate decision and responsibility may lie with him, it is incumbent upon him to gather information and thrust others’ points of view before developing a plan of action. As Margaret Drabble said, “When nothing is sure, everything is possible”. This quote speaks to the possibilities that exist when you and your team don’t have a cluster of preconceived ideas. Everyone is limited by what they are sure is possible. But without those barriers, then the possibilities are endless. After all, two heads are better than one. A leader also needs to function in an orderly and purposely manner in situations of uncertainty. People look to the leader during times of uncertainty and unfamiliarity and find reassurance and security when the leader portrays confidence and a positive demeanor. Good leaders are tolerant of indecision and remain calm, composed and steadfast to the main purpose. Storms, emotions, and crises come and go and a good leader takes these as part of the journey and keeps a cool head. But no matter how good a leader you think you are, if you have no compassion for your people, then at some level, you failed. Remember, each of us at certain points in our lives may have personal problems and sorrows to bear, and a good leader should take these into consideration when reprimanding someone for a certain thing he may have neglected to do or attend to. Though these problems should not be used as an excuse to avoid responsibilities at work, still, these may affect a person’s performance at that particular time and hence should be taken into consideration as well. To quote Thomas Jefferson, “In matters of style, swim with the current, in matters of principle, stand like a rock”. This reminds us when to be flexible, and when to remain firm with our principles. By having compassion for others a potential leader will qualify to become a leader. It is the deep caring for others that allows a leader to access the people he or she will someday be honored to lead. And it is this caring attitude coupled with action that makes a leader a leader. Gen. Colin Powell, former Chairman Joint Chief of Staff wrote, “The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence you can help them or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” Anthony Jay stated “The only real training for leadership is leadership”. Seminars can give you a significant amount of background knowledge, but isn’t nearly as valuable as being hands-on and being able to learn both from the mistakes you’ll inevitably make, and from the actual experience you’ll undergo. So if you are given a chance to lead, don’t hesitate. This will be a valuable learning experience for you.

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Echo, Signing Off

By FOI Anthony I De Jesus

“Food and fire, protection and companionship, were some of the things he received from the god. In return, he guarded the god’s property, defended his body, worked for him, and obeyed him.” — Jack London (White Fang) While P.A.W.S. and other animal welfare advocates were condemning the act of one Facebook user, who, had the gall of posting on the said social networking site photos of his dog hanging on a laundry line -Valenzuela City Central Fire Station personnel mourned over the sudden death of its firehouse dog, Echo. The dog was found lifeless one morning, two days after it was noticed unusually frail and inanimate, sans the typical wagging of tail and all, and secreting nauseous substances indicates the seriousness of his condition. About six months ago, radio operator FO1 Julius Vasquez reported at the station cuddling a cute mongrel puppy. He said it was affectionately given to him by his uncle SFO4 Tito Vasquez of Taguig fire Station. FO1 Vasquez befittingly named the dog after the station’s code name, Echo. Echo showed good chance of survival, characterizing strength at the early stage of his life despite the lack of initial vaccinations he should have had. Interestingly, he manifested hints of good pedigree while growing up, as he was never seen indiscriminately disposing off his excrements elsewhere but only in spots outside the station premises; to some extent more discreet than other human beings. Echo also noticeably affected some mannerisms typical to the breed of Retrievers; the way he sprawled on the floor, his playfulness and preference of cool places, which explained his frequent hibernation to the air-conditioned FSES office. When he was nowhere within range, chances were he was taking some power naps in the confines of the said office. Growing up fast, Echo provided what was expected of him. Aside from his affectation of friendliness to the firefighters (to the point it was becoming irksome at times), he also showed his best asset as a bona fide firehouse dog: his vigilance. True to form, Echo proved the established notion for dogs to be regarded as one, if not the most intelligent of animals. He had the distinct animosity towards strangers, barking at those approaching the station premises without warning. Accordingly, he showed respect and allegiance to his masters, to the hands that fed him through his short sojourn with them in their world. If he were human, Echo was only about 3 1/2 years old when he died, based on the equivalence of

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dogs’ 1 year of life to 7 years of man’s – too young, indeed. He never saw the days of riding the red engine with the crew to respond to fire, much less to be tasked on retrieving vital evidences (or fatalities) in a fire scene.

slowly fading in the night till it was heard no more. At the back of our minds we just wished it was Echo, who might have reincarnated into a superior life form and calling us back, perhaps with a message to us whom he had untimely left.

Nevertheless, his life as a dog was somehow spent better than most of humans for it were never wasted. He was able to give his genuine affection to others.

While it is good reminiscing, the truth remains that Echo is gone. He might be there now in another animal kingdom; might be in the company of his ancestors, or with his fallen comrades who died in the cruel hands of man. But there they could be all the same again, jumping and running at play – perhaps in harmony now, with their innate animal instinct of wildness and ferocity no longer existing among them.

Aside from added security to the firehouse, he also provided some entertainment of sorts. There were his classic skirmishes with the pack of cats for leftovers in the firemen’s daily ‘boodle lunch,’ his bizarre sleeping positions which never failed to capture the attention of people around, and yes – his penchant to chase riders on motorbikes passing by the station. There was actually one incident of a riding in tandem that lost control of their bike and slid on the concrete surface out of dread of a dog bite. One account though that will never be forgotten about Echo was that one Monday morning, where he barked at a mentally-challenged woman without let-up. The said woman was yelling and cursing at the top of her lungs at the firemen in one of the station’s flag raising ceremonies. Perhaps the dog could not take the incident just sitting down, “Not in the middle of the City Fire Marshal’s speech,” he might have thought, so he took the matter on his own. Not even the Chief could hide his amusement over the scene, as the woman seemed to have instantly obtained a lucid interval and ceased on her tirade in fright.

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A Firearm for a Fireman? By: FO2 Francisco Ruiz Montevirgen

“You can’t kill me. You’re not a cop. Your just a Fireman with a gun” - from the movie 15 Minutes Is there a need for a fireman to have a gun? This question popped up in my mind when I saw the news about FO3 Bose being shot at point blank by a heavily armed gun man who tried to steal his motorcycle in Makati City after he served as security at the gas leak in West Tower Condo. I wonder if he has a gun in his possession at that very moment, would he suffer the same fate? Or maybe, he could engage that man in a fierce exchange of shots? Well nobody knows for sure, but the odds and the possibilities of him being alive right now would certainly be a notch higher. As uniformed officers in charge of public safety, aren’t we entitled for some security during our tour of duty? There are many instances that are lives were being put in the line. If we are to face fire, certainly we would have the upper hand since we have the necessary training and equipment to deal with it. But when we talk about people, people who can hurt us, people who could think and act and do something nasty to us, that’s a different situation. Many times our firemen were being asked to augment the police during civil disturbance management operations, armed only with basic firefighting gear and a nozzle against hundreds or in many times thousands of angry demonstrators who were asking for about anything that they could demand. Unlike the police who have their batons, shield, helmet and rifles with rubber bullets our firemen have to make do of their basic gear and face the boisterous crowd with just a stream of water in their hands. Who could ever forget that fateful day of May 1, 2001 Labor Day Seige at Malacanang where five of our comrades from San Lazaro Fire Station responded to a fire call at Recto Avenue involving two (2) news vans and a government fire truck which

were allegedly set to fire by the angry mob. On the way to the scene, they encountered a great number of protesters along Recto Avenue. Right there, they withstand the relentless attacks of the mob. Countless rocks were hurled against them, numerous fist landed on their faces while kicks and whips targeted their bodies. As a result, all of them were badly beaten and bruised and brought to the hospital for treatment. Many occasions when responding to a fire call especially in congested areas like Quiapo, Baseco, Parola and Smokey Mountain in Tondo, our firemen where harassed and their nozzle being forcibly taken by rowdy crowd who decided to take matters into their own hands. In some instances some of our men received threats and became victims of gun toting. The sixty four dollar question is, “who would protect the protector”? How can we save lives when even our own lives are in danger? It’s difficult to protect someone when you’re threatened and forced to do something against your will. What should we do when somebody poke a gun in front of our face while performing our sworn duty? Should we fight for our nozzle or just let those people take it? Either way the ordinary fireman will be the sore loser. If he fight for it then he would endangered his own life as well as the future and welfare of his family. But if he would let in their hands then he would certainly face sanctions from his superiors. Poor fireman, trapped in the never ending dilemma between service and personal safety. Our job of saving lives and properties is fulfilling. The feeling is indescribable when somebody thanked us every time we save a life or protect a property. But many of us have a family of our own. A family that would suffer if we lose our own life not in the fire but at the hands of people who threatens us during fire operation... “fire doesn’t fight back, people do”. Is there a need for a fireman to have gun? Well I guess the tragic death of FO3 Bose and the series of attacks against firemen during fire operations were enough reasons for us to act right now. There’s no greater teacher than experience, and the lesson that it teaches right now may save our lives in the future.

Some nights after his death, in the radio room there was a strange male voice coming from the two-way radio incessantly chanting “echo base, echo…..echo base, echo” in the dead of night. In proper radio usage, at least in the NCR, the code he was using was wrong, since there’s no call sign as plain Echo that’s being used here. Repeatedly it went on for some time and finally took the better of the normally patient radio operator who retorted, “Identify properly” in an authoritative tone. Suddenly the voice gone faint,

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LITERARY

Hear the Cry of Mother Earth

By Fo2 Maria Aljen V Basilan

Man is entrusted by God to protect, preserve, and watch over his creation. If you are familiar with the passage of Genesis, Chapter 1 verses 28-29 which says and I quote: “and God blessed them. Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over every living things move upon the earth, and God said Behold I have given you every tree , in which the fruit of the tree yielding seed, to you it shall be for meat.” Man is very lucky to have a beautiful place to live in. In the Philippines alone it is rich with natural resources and lakes. We can enjoy beautiful harvest from fruit trees and fishes from the seas. We can also mine precious metals and minerals – gold, iron, silver, copper etc. We can use all of these in order to survive and to uplift the quality of life that we have. Therefore we have to make use of them wisely and replace what have consumed so that the next generation can use them too. From the start of the new millenium, rapid growth of population has brought gigantic problems to mankind. There have been greater demands for food supply and other comodities and products- clothing, transportation and education, etc. More to the environmental-air, noise and water pollution, destruction, soil erosion, flash floods and landslide, destruction of the ozone layer and above all the destructionof man’s life. These problems are real and continue to the present considering that in NCR alone, a simple rain alone, is already a big hassle to all commuters and workers and even to the entire commuinity considering that after an hour of rainfall, immediately thereafter, has the flashfloods up to the knee level in some areas. Thus, although our government has been doing projects to eradicate such problems we should continue to act and NOT to allow further destruction and diminution on our natural environment. As caretakers of God’s creation, we should consider one of the principles of nature, that is finiteness of resources. This means that nature’s resources can be consumed if not carefully used. The green environment that we have now can be a wasteland or a dry desert within a few years is destruction triumph ignorance, short sightedness and even unwavering consumer demand remain unabated. However it can be stopped if enough of us will show enough concern for our environment. We must always remember our foremost duty to protect, preserve, and maintain everything that God has lent us.

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Be concern! Get involved! Before it’s too late.

Adding happiness makes life worth living It involves relationship with families, friends Peers and people we encounter for daily living It realizes success and achievements by Being optimistic in every dealing Subtracting sorrows makes one relax It eliminates wrinkles making you young Life has its sorrows but its how you Carry it that makes one grow Multiplying friends leads one to be down-to-earth Being versatile may become his asset He can adjust different folks of life He gives pleasure to everybody Divine graces makes one king God has a reward for thee It may not be in material possesion But maybe by wisdom and good health. Realizing the values, Applying it to the daily living, Implanting it in mind always, Practising by heart, Is equal to life contenment.

SIMPLE LIFE’S VALUES By: FO2 Aljen Basilan

A Father’s Ecstasy

By: FO2 Lloyd A Moreno

As a young man, I dreamt of having a family of my own, saying to myself “I will become a Great husband and a Loving father, a true family man”. Those words gave me the inspiration, to work hard, to plan a better life. When the time came, your mother and I tied the knot, and a few years later, you came along. Though I heard many testimonies of struggles and hardships when starting a family, that didn’t stop me nor discouraged me. When I first heard the news that we were expecting you, i couldn’t explain the happiness I felt. There were mixed feelings of excitement and doubt. A glimpse of “What If’s” came to mind, What if I can’t provide enough for my family? and What if I can’t be a great dad? For nine months, I took care of you and your mother the very best I can. Your mother endured the pains of pregnancy, then came the day you were born. Having strong emotions when I first set my eyes on you, I felt very pleased and contented as I had just become a dad for the first time. I couldn’t stop staring at you, you are perfect and I was the luckiest man alive. A great responsibility is in my hands now, soon, you too will have a family of your own. But for now you are mine to look after, and I am looking forward for the great times that I will be spending with you.

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CHILD FIRESETTERS By: FO3 STEPHANIE T TABANGCURA

Of course, young children should never be left alone in the home. As parents, we all want our children to be safe. But even with the best efforts from parents, children are still the biggest risk to be injured or killed by fire. Escaping from a fire becomes much more difficult because children cannot perceive danger and cannot react quickly with the dangerous situation and the consequences of fire should it get out of control. For the young children, fire is another part of the world they’re exploring. Regrettably, these fires have a propensity to be most deadly for these curious little firesetters. “Sinindihan ko ang kama ng Daddy ko,” an odd revelation of a four-year old child perpetrator who has been deemed to have caused the total burning of a one-storey with basement residential house which broke out on Friday morning at Brgy. Industrial Valley Complex, Marikina City (name of child, owner of the house and exact location not revealed for confidentiality) on May 20, 2011. According to the investigation conducted, the investigator found no other cause of fire other than what the witness had disclosed. The fire started with a disposable lighter which ignited the mattress foam and which swiftly produced considerable flames engulfing the master’s bedroom of the house. As revealed by the witness, a helper of the family, he entered in the master’s bedroom to clean the comfort room. With him is the four-year old son of the owner of the house, who insisted to watch television. While cleaning inside the CR, he noticed that temperature of air inside the room is getting hotter. When he opens the door, he saw the glowing flames emanating from the couch mattress. The flames had engulfed the mattress and it was starting to spread. He lifted the child quickly, who was then staring at the fire out of fear and rushed out of the room and alarmed other occupants of the house. Very young children tend to experiment with lighters or matches and burn up pieces of paper – often trying to conceal the fire-play in their bedrooms or closets. Typically, this behaviour slumps off during elementary school, when they get handy with fire safety education. Although a child has a natural curiosity about fire, he may become frightened and confused at the sight of it rather to escape to safety; especially if he started the fire. Curbing such fire-setting among youngsters begin with understanding why they do it. Children who upon assessments deem curiosity fire setters tend to have a single incident of fire-play and often require just fire-safety education. But, sometimes the behaviour is more a symptom of a larger problem than a problem itself. As the case mentioned above, the 4-year old son of an OFW, has been undeniably crying for help and seeking attention for a paternal love and guidance. Young fire-setters usually feel lonely and frequently without a supportive social network. Such case could signify an underlying psychological problem and uses fire as an emotional release and attentiongetting device or an expression to communicate pain, anger or depression. If these negative emotions continue to affect his development, these usually generate a harder time modifying his behaviour. Deeper emotions cause chances of other juvenile delinquencies and tend to commit more serious crimes such as rapes and murder. There should be a gauge to determine or provide clues whether the child’s behaviour is already pathological – personality characteristics, family and social circumstances drive most fire-setting behaviour. But what is considered to be a normal child’s involvement with fire? It is important that a young person’s interest in fire is viewed on a natural and continuum of psychosocial developmental phases indicative of an increasing level of risks and opportunity for the child to learn age-appropriate fire-safe behaviours (Gaynor & Hatcher 1987). To determine whether the child’s behaviour is plain curiosity or is pathological, we must understand the underlying causes of these fire-setting behaviours. Treatment for firesetting behaviour in children is important to prevent the onset of adult criminal behaviour. Counselling or therapy should address problem-solving skills, communication and anger management. Parents should be involved in any treatment. If, however, the assessments reveal the child’s fire-play is more environmentally driven-the best interventions may involve child, parental and peer education. Children who set fires as a cry for help or attention have relatively good recovery prospects when they learn to express their anger in less destructive ways.

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(The title of this article may not seem to fit its contents. It just evolved one day when I was reading a page bearing this title at a Daily Bread book given by a friend. I am not a vicar or a dutiful person and never had it facts about flowers– only my own expression of simplicity).

“Why Plant Flowers? They cannot be eaten.?!” By: FO3 STEPHANIE T TABANGCURA

Everything in this world works out for its own purpose. Everything is integrated so that no single life exists without affecting another. Flowers, and the plants that bloom them, play a vital role in converting soil substrates into organic horizons, forms separate thickness or layers of mineral-soils that have been transformed into organic matter by the life and death of plants. These soils become more fertile and better suited for sustaining the growth and propagation of plant species. This is how life wields a predilection upon the conditions most favourable for its own development. In other words, one of the prime functions of life -- and flowers -is to compel a selection-pressure (in genetics, organisms that adapt well to their environment produce offspring, while those that do not adapt die out, resulting in gradual changes in a species) upon natural conditions, concluding in self-sustained existence whereby life, in all forms, proliferates over time. Flowers have long been symbols of mortality, beauty, and love. They bud, bloom, and decay. Such beauty is all the more startling because it is temporary. Flowers near perfectly embody this glorious temporariness, where everything is constantly turning into everything else. Through the temporary the permanent is maintained. And by their mere existence, which is infinite in beauty and possibility, if limited in time and materiality, they make further life all the more possible. And perhaps, more importantly, enjoyable. Flowers are as important to the earth as grasses and all plants - flowers are the means by which most plants continue their species, providing food for all higher forms of life. They offer a natural medicine, a ready cure for nearly all of nature’s ills. Like the flowers, we are anointed to our own purpose in life. This is how we are to serve others and how we are to bless the world. We are larger beings than we can ever imagine. We will all suffer some tragedy in our lives if we haven’t yet. Life is not always easy. High and low moments will always be a part of it. Most of the time no matter how far you reached the peak of your career, you still feel bare and dreary inside. But within every crisis is the seed of an equally great opportunity. When we try to be definite, as to what we mean when we ask what our purpose in life is, we find ourselves involved in very great turmoil. The things in the life of a person can have meaning (importance) as parts of a whole, but a discrete meaning of life itself aside from those things, cannot be discerned. A person’s life has meaning for himself as the life events resulting from his achievements. We choose our next world through what we learn in this one; learn nothing and the next world is the same… If we don’t have pre-conceived intention and aspirations in life how would we go ahead, if we don’t know where we are going how will we know when we reach there. Don’t let our next world be the same, add on more wings every time we fly. This is not just about making a better world. Living ‘on purpose’ puts us squarely into that circumstance of simplicity known as flow, freeing up our life’s energy to allow for greater opulence, victory and realization. It’s the fuel that gets the world’s most successful people out of bed each morning but don’t make life like a see saw; don’t lead just a successful life – live a purposeful one. Live according to a purpose outside ourselves and offer the best of our talents and passion to serve others. It’s a process that requires us to look deep within ourselves. The more intimately connected we are to our purpose, to doing exactly what it is that our passions and talents have suited us to in the service of others, the better off the world will be. Once we have found it we can join the varied strings of life to one thread. Like the flowers, it’s growing and blooming where it has been planted. But the answer to the meaning of life is too profound to be known and understood. And like the flowers, which bud, bloom and decay so that other forms of life will come into existence, commit to finding and living our purpose as we take joy in the process of daily life struggles. Find a reason to live and leave a world and every situation that’s better than you found it.

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NEWS BITS

4TH CITYHOOD OF SAN JUAN By: FO2 Gilbert C Duque – BFP San Juan).

“Walks for Water” By: FO2 Lloyd A Moreno

The World Water Day Celebration with a theme “Masagana at Malinis na Katubigan sa Maunlad na Pamayanan” held last 22 March 2011 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds, Pasay City was organized by the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), along with partners from other national government agencies, such as the National Economic Development Authority, the Departments of Interior and Local Government, Agriculture, Education, the Laguna Lake Development Authority, the Metro Manila Development Authority, the Bureau of Fire Protection; non-government organizations and the private sectors. The celebration started off with a “Filipinos Walk for Water,” where all participants walked from the SM-MOA globe to the Seaside Boulevard before entering the Music Hall area. Followed by a ceremony wherein those carrying jars of water poured the water into a larger container to symbolize water conservation efforts. The activity culminated the presentation of the “Declaration of Commitment and Call for Action” to his Excellency President Benigno S Aquino III. The celebration was attended by key government officials who include DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo, DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje Mayors Alfredo S. Lim of Manila City, Antonino G. Calixto of Pasay and Florencio M. Bernabe Jr. of Parañaque City. OOA 0910H, the presentation/ turn-over of the Water Governance Declaration by UP-NCPAG, together with the DILG and DENR Secretaries to President Aquino. The morning event was concluded with a key message by the President of the Republic of the Philippines.

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PHOTO TAKEN BY: F/INSP XERIEL P TAMAYO

Last June 17, 2011 San Juan celebrated its 4th year anniversary of its cityhood. The Honorable Mayor Guia Gomez, mother of former mayor and now San Juan Representative Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito organized a celebration that will commemorate San Juan’s cityhood. The event started with the celebration of the Holy Mass which served as a thanksgiving for all the good things that happened during her incumbency. After the Mass, fire trucks and personnel from San Juan Fire Station headed by its fire marshal CINSP EDWIN B CO spearheaded the motorcade. With sirens wailing loudly, the fire trucks filled with San Juan City officials went all round the city to thank the people for their cooperation. San Juan’s economic development and political stability is attributed to the efforts not only of its City officials but also of its citizenry. In her speech, Mayor Gomez commended the ever active leadership of CINSP EDWIN B CO as well as those of his men who have kept the City of San Juan safe and away from the adverse effect of destructive fires.

BFP SAN JUAN COOPERATED IN THE PUERTO PRINCESA UNDERGROUND RIVER CAMPAIGN Insp. Dianne Roselle S. Gaynilo

The BFP San Juan joined in the campaign in one of Philippine’s wonderful scenery, the Puerto Princesa Underground River. The said campaign aims to include Puerto Princesa’s Underground River as one of the new “7 Wonders of the World”. Through the effort of the BFP as well as the San Juan Fire Station, one of the fire trucks of the said station was used to roam around the streets of San Juan City and help inform the citizens of San Juan about the goal of the country, to help in voting for our very own Underground River. There were also tarpaulin posted on every fire station of San Juan and each personnel were involved in spreading of the campaign. Also, instruction on voting was given to every applicant for FSIC by simply texting the code ppur7 and sending it to 2861. Through this simple act of participating, the bureau could help in uplifting and spreading the beauty of our country to other nations in the world.

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June 24 is considered as the feast day of St. John the Baptist. The City of San Juan honors its patron saint through the celebration of their own version of “wattah wattah”.

WATTAH WATTAH By: FO2 Gilbert C Duque – BFP San Juan).

Supt Perdigon Facilitates Temporary Shelter for Fire fighters at West Tower

By: FO1 Gladdes H Arreco

Problem in West Tower Condominium in Barangay Bangkal, Makati continues to persist up-to-date and local officials together with the Makati City Fire Station continues to take necessary measures to ensure safety of residents. The Makati City Fire Station have been regularly deploying fire trucks in the area to ensure safety measures to the gas leak problem for almost a year now. New City Fire Marshal Supt. Ricardo S Perdigon intercedes with First Philippine Industrial Corporation (FPIC) to provide shelter for fire fighters that render twentyfour-hour tour of duty in the area.

This year’s celebration of wattah wattah started around four o’clock in the morning (4:00 am), all designated San Juan City BFP personnel, assembled at Agora Parking Plaza to position their fire trucks for the Wattah Wattah proper. The event was covered by Unang Hirit of GMA 7 and other media networks. At eight o’clock in the morning (8:00 am) the motorcade started to went around the city of San Juan. Congressman Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito with the assistance of assigned BFP personnel led by C/ Insp Edwin B Co, rode on top of the fire trucks as they initiated the “basaan” around the city.

FPIC is the operator of the country’s largest commercial pipeline which is located just a few meters away from the condominium. Supt. Perdigon with the cooperation of the FPIC facilitated the ribbon-cutting and turnover of a closed van that served as the temporary West Tower Fire Substation providing shelter to deployed fire fighters.

Indeed, the participation of San Juan City firefighters during the festive celebration of the city, was a great one, for they have made everyone happy and fully satisfied. The essence of the activity is to remind the people about the sacrament of baptism which was performed by Saint John the Baptist to his cousin Jesus by the use of water. So, as an expression of thanksgiving and gratitude for the success of the Wattah Wattah, all San Juan City BFP personnel headed by the City Fire Marshal offered a Holy Mass in which Rev. Father Randy Baluso (BFP Chaplain) acted as the main celebrant. PHOTOS TAKEN BY: F/INSP DIANNE ROSELLE S GAYNILO

New Las Piñas City Fire Marshal Initiates Improvement By: SFO1 Marigin Gutib

Makati City Fire Station Strengthens Community Participation in Fire Safety By : FO1 Gladdes H Arreco

Makati City Fire Marshal Supt Ricardo S Perdigon spearheaded barangay partnership for a stronger campaign in achieving a fire safetyconscious society. Supt Perdigon developed a community based fire fighting plan by initiating a partnership with local barangay officials.

First quarter of 2011, Las Piñas City Fire Station under the leadership of its new City Fire Marshal, SUPT Felix B Medes initiated important improvements in their locality. These include the reconstruction of Manuela Fire Sub-Station which is expected to be fully rehabilitated and utilized before the end of this year. Its reconstruction was spearheaded by its Sub-Station Commander, Senior Inspector Joel E. Diwata. The sub-station is

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expected to house a team of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel and an ambulance. Apart from this renovation, Las Piñas City Fire Station received seven units of fire hydrant key from MAYNILAD. These improvements are just the beginning of more support that will be extended by its local chief executives as mentioned by its city mayor, Hon. Vergel A Aguilar and congressman, Rep. Mark A Villar.

Supt. Perdigon coordinated with three different barangays namely Barangay Guadalupe Nuevo, Barangay Pitogo and Barangay Bel Air. He personally met with its local barangay chief discussing all fire related concerns. All local barangay chief gave a positive feedback and agreed to work hand in hand with Makati City Central Fire Station. Schedule of various fire safety seminars were agreed upon and shall be conducted in the aforementioned barangays.

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TEAM BUILDING SEMINAR FD IV F.O.R.C.E.S.

(FRIENDLY, ORGANIZED, RESOURCEFUL WITH COMMITMENT TO EFFICIENT SERVICE)

By: FO3 BENJAMIN A GANDEZA

BFP-NCR Signs Agreement with TXTFIRE Philippines By: FO2 Francisco Ruiz Montevirgen

“Volunteering is an act of heroism on a grand scale. And it matters profoundly. It does more than help people beat the odds; it changes the odds.” - US President Bill Clinton The act of volunteerism is evident in most Filipinos. Every tragedy or calamity that struck our country brings out the hero in every one of us. As proof to this, many volunteer fire brigades have been established throughout the years and their number are growing exponentially all throughout the country - the main reason why the Bureau of Fire Protection’s mission of having a public conscious citizenry is being achieved effortlessly.

NCR for the betterment of fire service in Metro Manila. Last April 15, 2011, in the presence of the Honorable Mayor of Manila, Mayor Alfredo S. Lim, TXTFire Philippines Foundation Inc. through its president Mr. Gerie Chua and the Bureau of Fire Protection-National Capital Region represented by its Regional Director Chief Superintendent Santiago E. Laguna signed the Memorandum of Agreement between the two parties.

These volunteer fire brigades augments the BFP as they provide additional muscles during fire and rescue operations. They also work hand in hand with the government in the promotion of fire safety in the community as they conduct fire safety seminars for free. These volunteers maintain and manage their own apparatus, equipment and facilities which are, at times, even better than what the government forces are using.

As stipulated in the said MOA, both parties have agreed to the following agreements:

The leadership of the Bureau of Fire Protection-National Capital Region headed by C SUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA have taken advantage of this situation and immediately coordinated with various volunteer groups in the metropolis for better working relations most especially during the mutual conduct of fire protection services. One of the groups that express its willingness to work with the BFP is TXTFire Philippines Foundation Inc. This group revolutionized the fire alarm reporting system through the use of the cheapest yet most common and most effective way of communication nowadays, the text messaging system. As an ardent advocate of fire safety here in the National Capital Region, TXTFire have engaged itself into various humanitarian activities which include the provision of fire and rescue services, staging of medical missions, fire safety awareness campaigns and relief operations to places that were devastated by calamities. Through its President, Mr. Gerie “Mr. Ube” Chua, TXTFire Philippines have agreed to “share” its technology to the BFP-

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1. TXTFire Philippines. Offers and the BFP accepts to be shared with and have access in the messages, alerts, advisories, information and other information relative to the occurrence of fire, calamities and emergency situations, as generated by TXTFire Philippines from its facilities and text messaging/dispatch information technology equipment relative to occurrence of fire, calamities and emergency situations within several localities. 2. The Parties mutually agrees to keep an open radio communication line between them to facilitate the quick access on fire alerts, advisories and information to enable render quick response on any given fire and other emergency situations. 3. TXTFire Philippines agrees to actively participate in the field of rehabilitation and fire prevention programs initiated and undertaken by the BFP-NCR. 4. BFP-NCR agrees to promote the cause and advocacy of TXTFire Philippines in utilizing information technology particularly “TXTFIRE” as mode of disseminating messages, alerts, advisories, information and other communications relative to occurrence of fire, calamities and emergency situations.

Fire District IV Headquarters personnel spearheaded by Sr Supt Fennimore V Jaudian, District Fire Marshal & Conc. Chief, IATF Composite Team-DILG recently held a team building seminar 2011 at Kevi Family Resort, Pansol, Calamba, Laguna on July 8 & 9, 2011 dubbed as “FD IV FORCES” (Friendly, Organized, Resourceful with Commitment to Efficient Service).

Emphasis was also made by the resource speaker on teamwork, trust and confidence between supervisor and subordinates. She also stressed the importance of maintaining a good interpersonal relationship among members of an organization in order to meet certain goals and objectives that would benefit the public.

The resource speaker of the two-day activity is Dr. Idabel Bernabe Pagulayan who has served more than 35 years at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) holding different position which include chemical laboratory technician, forensic chemist and supervisor forensic chemist.

It is an important factor in any environment, its focus is to specialize in bringing out the best in a team to ensure selfdevelopment, positive communication, leadership skills and ability to work closely together as a team to problem solve.

She discussed the three most important qualities to become an effective and efficient employee: knowledge, skills and attitudes. She pointed out the importance of team buiding such as improving comunication, getting to know each other, helping participants to learn more about themselves, making the workplace more enjoyable.

The activities have indeed shaped the participants view on things that need attention to ensure the performance of their functions as of security and safety. Certificates of participation were awarded to the participants for having successfully completed such a noble undertaking during our regular monday flag raising ceremony.

Two Women Successfully Rescued from the Burning Dumlao Building By: C INSP NAHUM TARROZA

On or about 1835H 24 June 2011, Mandaluyong Fire Station duty radio operator FO3 Oscar O Pedro received a call from a certain Mr. Zaldy Munoz who reported that there’s a fire in progressed at the old Dumlao Building located at # 304 Shaw Boulevard, Barangay Pleasant Hills, Mandaluyong City. After verifying the authenticity of the call, FO3 Pedro immediately dispatched all available fire engines to the said location. Upon arrival to the fire scene, FO2 Lorienel S Agustin, the Driver of Engine 191 quickly tapped the first alarm level when he saw a volume of thick black smoke emanating from the affected building. The hallway of the ground floor was already engulfed with fire when they arrived and made the fire operation more difficult and complicated. While fire fighters were busy putting out the fire, some concerned neighbours reported that there were still two

victims that were trapped inside the building. After learning of the situation and the information about the location of the victims, Mandaluyong fire fighters wasted no time and started searching for them. Mrs. Consuelo Dumlao 85 years old and the matriarch of Dumlao Family together with his private nurse, Ms. Gloria Banares 22 years old, were found lost and unacquainted at the 3rd floor of the building. The fire fighters immediately guided and brought the gasping victims out of the bulding.The pin point information about the location and the swift response of the fire fighters resulted to the immediate extraction of the victims from the burning structure. After assessing their medical condition, they were brought and endorsed to Mandaluyong Medical Center for proper medical treatment as the fire was finally declared out at about 8:35 pm of the same day.

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SAGIP KAPAMILYA: By: FO2 Francisco Ruiz Montevirgen

DISASTER RISK REDUCTION PROGRAM @ ROSAURO ALMARIO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Last October 15, 2010, the ABS CBN SAGIP KAPAMILYA PROGRAM staged a disaster oriented program at the Rosauro Almario Elementary School in Delpan, Tondo, Manila. The program which was themed “Sagip Kapamilya: Disaster Risk Reduction” aims to instill public safety awareness among our children. The said program showcased different strategies such as film showing, storytelling, puppet show and on the spot demonstrations regarding basic survival techniques during disaster emergencies. The program focused on the three (3) disasters that commonly affects the residents in the Tondo Area; typhoon and flooding, earthquake and destructive fire. Fire Safety, as part of the program was delegated of course to the fire service which was represented by no less than the Chief PIS of the BFP, C INSP HONEE FRITZ ALAGANO and the Chief of Public Information Services of the Manila Fire District, C INSP CAROLINA P DIONISIO. The students, who actively participated in every activities during the entire program were delighted to see ‘Berong Bumbero‘ while he grooves into the music of Justin Beiber. More “oohhh’s and ahhh’s” were heard when they saw a video clip on how fast a fire starts and spreads. Their curious eyes keenly watched the process on how a small lighted cigarette butt turned an entire room into a burning inferno in just a single minute. They also eagerly performed simultaneously the step by step process of the STOP, DROP and ROLL Technique, an important and effective way of putting out the fire if it catches your clothes. As a sign of gratitude, the ABS CBN thru its program producer Mr. Paul Segui presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Manila Fire District, in recognition of its unwavering support to the programs of ABS CBN SAGIP KAPAMILYA more particularly in the Disaster Risk Reduction Aspect. The event serves as an awakening for the children with regards to their awareness regarding their role and participation during disasters and calamities. It is a great learning experience for the students and a great opportunity for the members of the BFP to establish a more fire safety conscious citizenry through the empowerment of our children especially those who live in disaster prone areas.

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Bagong Henerasyon Party List Representative Donates Fire Truck to United Filipino-Chinese Fire Rescue Association, Inc By: FO2 Francisco Ruiz Montevirgen

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 115-A, issued by President Ferdinand E. Marcos on November 17, 1966, the country observes Fire Prevention Month in March every year. During this month, various activities are being made by both the government and private sectors to promote fire safety awareness in the community. The Bureau of Fire Protection, as the government agency mandated by law to provide fire protection services in the country leads all other agencies in establishing a fire safety conscious citizenry and prevents unnecessary losses of lives and properties due to destructive fires. With the theme “Kahandaan sa Sunog, Tungo sa Kaunlaran”, BFP members and their counterparts in the volunteer sector joined hands for the realization of this project. As a start, a motorcade was organized by both parties last March 05, 2011 to highlight the celebration of this year’s fire prevention month kick off ceremony. BFP and Volunteer Fire trucks filled the busy streets of Manila with their sirens and horns wailing loudly to signify their intensive fire prevention campaign.

The motorcade culminated in Paco, Manila where members of United Volunteer Firefighting Group gathered all together and supported the advocacies of the BFP. As the head of the Bureau of Fire Protection-National Capital Region, CSUPT SANTIAGO E LAGUNA officially announced the opening of the Fire Prevention Month. In his speech, the Regional Director stressed the importance of fire safety awareness in our day to day lives and encouraged everybody to do their share in the prevention of destructive fires. “We should make everyday a fire prevention day”,according to Chief Superintendent Laguna. The Vice –President for External Affairs, Mr. Jay Palomo introduced the Honorary Guest, Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy of Bagong Henerasyon Party List. Congresswoman Bernadette Herrera - Dy thanks the BFP and the United FilipinoChinese Fire Rescue Association for their sacrifices and hard work most especially during the occurrences of fire. She said that there’s nothing impossible if we work together for the betterment of the community. To express her willingness to be a part of their crusade, Congresswoman Bernadette Herrera - Dy donated a fire truck to the said volunteer group to strengthen their campaign against destructive fires. He added that this fire truck would boost their firefighting capability and expedite fire responses in Metro Manila.

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GuidelinesGuidelinesGuidelines NAME OF AGENCY: BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION FRONTLINE SERVICE: FIRE SAFETY INSPECTION CERTIFICATE (FSIC) FOR OCCUPANCY/ BUSINESS PERMIT CLIENTS: ALL BUSINESS OWNERS/BUILDING OWNERS (EXCEPT SINGLE FAMILY DWELLINGS) INVESTORS. REQUIREMENTS: 1. ENDORSEMENT FROM THE BUILDING OFFICIAL (BO) BUSINESS PERMIT LICENSING OFFICE (BPLO) 2. PHOTOCOPY OF BUILDING PERMIT AND ASSESMENT OF OCCUPANCY PERMIT FEE/ ASSESSMENT OF BUSINESS PERMIT FEE/BPLO ASSESSMENT/TAX BILL FOR BUSINESS PERMIT, AS THE CASE MAYBE 3. COPY OF FIRE INSURANCE POLICY (IF ANY) 4. COPY OF LATEST FIRE SAFETY INSPECTION CERTIFICATE IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THIS APPLICATION (IF ANY) 5. THREE (3) SETS OF FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY ASSESSMENT REPORT- 2 (FALAR- 2) FOR OCCUPANCY PERMIT OR FALAR- 3 FOR BUSINESS PERMIT (FOR OCCUPANCY OF ATLEAST 50 PERSONS) SCHEDULE OF AVAILABILITY OF THE SERVICE: MONDAY TO FRIDAY, 8:00AM TO 5:00 PM FEES: TEN (10) PERCENT OF ALL FEES CHARGED BY THE BUILDING OFFICIAL OR BY THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT OR OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CONCERNED IN GRANTING PERTINENT PERMITS OR LICENSES

NAME OF AGENCY: BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION FRONTLINE SERVICE: FIRE SAFETY EVALUATION CLEARANCE (FSEC) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW BUILDING, REPAIR/RENOVATION/MODIFACTION/ ALTERATION/ADDITIONAL/ CHANGE OF TYPE OF OCCUPANCY OF BUILDINGS STRUCTURE OR FACILITY OR

PORTION THEREOF.

CLIENTS: ANY PERSON OR ENTITY (PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL, INVESTOR, BUSINESSMAN) REQUIREMENTS: 1. ENDORSEMENT FROM THE LOCAL BUILDING OFFICIAL 2. THREE (3) SETS OF BUILDING PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS 3. ONE (1) SET OF BILLS OF MATERIALS AND COSY ESTIMATE 4. THREE (3) SETS OF DETAILED FIRE SAFETY PLANS AND SPECIFICATION OR FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY ASSESSMENT REPORT- 1 (FALAR- 1) FOR OCCUPANCY FOR ATLEAST 50 PERSONS SCHEDULE OF AVAILABILITY OF THE SERVICE: MONDAY TO FRIDAY, 8:00AM TO 5:00 PM FEES: ONE- TENTH OF ONE PERCENTUM (0.1) OF ESTIMATED VALUE OF BUILDINGS OR STRUCTURES TO BE ERECTED/REPAIRED/RENOVATED/MODIFIED/ALTERED BUT NOT EXCEED FIFTY THOUSAND (50, 000.00 PESOS.

HOW TO AVAIL OF THE SERVICE STEPS

APPLICANT

1

Secure FSIC Application Form with the list of requirements from Customer Relation Officer (CRO)

2

3

4 5

Submit duly accomplished application form withcomplete requirements to the CRO Wait for the Release of Order of Payment (OP)

AGENCY ACTION

OFFICE/ PERSON RESPOSIBLE

HOW TO AVAIL OF THE SERVICE LOCATION OF OFFICE Local BFP Office

Check application form and requirements and endorsed to Fire Code Fees

Customer Relation Officer (CRO)

(Information Desk)

Local BFP Office

Assessor (FCFA)

(To be marked/ identified)

DURATION OF ACTIVITY OFFICE/ PERSON Five (5) Mins. Max.

Ten (10) Mins. Max.

Assess Fire Code Fee (FCF) and Issue Order of Payment (OP) to the applicant and return application with complete documents to CRO

Fire Code Fees Assessor

Pay the FCF to Government Servicing Bank (GSB)/ Local Treasurer*/ BFP Collecting Officer

Collect Fire Code Fees and Machine Validated OP Issue OR

GSB/Local Treasurer*/BFP Collecting Officer

Ten (10) Mins. Max.

Present Machine Validated OP/OR as basis for Issuance of Claim Stub

Record the FSIC Application to Logbook; OR #; Payment date of FCF; Issue Claim Stub and Endorse to C, FSES

Customer Relation Officer

Fifteen (15) Mins. Max.

Fifteen (15) Mins. Max.

Receive Application and Retrieve FSEC and Building Plans with Fire Safety Checklist (FSC) or latest After Inspection Report (AIR), as the case maybe, from the local BFP Records, and attach to the application

C, FSES

Two (2) Hrs. Max.

STEPS

1

DURATION OF ACTIVITY

Local BFP Office Customer Relation Officer (CRO)

Five (5) Mins. Max. (Information Desk)

2

Submit duly accomplished application form with complete requirements to the CRO

Check application form and requirements and endorsed to Fire Code Fees Assessor (FCFA)

3

Wait for the Release of Order of Payment (OP)

Assess Fire Code Fee (FCF) and Issue Order of Payment (OP) to the applicant and return application with complete documents to CRO

Fire Code Fees Assessor

Fifteen (15) Mins. Max.

4

Pay the FCF to Government Servicing Bank (GSB)/Local Treasurer*/ BFP Collecting Officer

Collect Fire Code Fees and Machine Validated OP/ Issue OR

GSB/Local Treasurer*/BFP Collecting Officer

Ten (10) Mins. Max.

5

Present Machine Validated OP/OR as basis for Issuance of Claim Stub

Record the FSEC Application to Logbook; OR #; Payment Date of FCF; Issue Claim Stub and Endorse to C, FSES

Customer Relation Officer

Receive Application and Retrieve FSEC and Building Plan Evaluator (BPE)

C, FSES

Evaluate Building Plans and Accomplish Fire Safety Checklist (FSC)

BPE

Ten (10) Mins. Max.

Local BFP Office (To be marked/ identified)

Fifteen (15) Mins. Max. Fifteen (15) Mins. Max.

C/MFM

Thirty (30) Mins. Max.

Record and Release IO to assigned FS Inspector

C, FSES

Fifteen (15) Mins. Max

Review BPE findings and recommend issuance of FSEC

C, FSES

Four (4) Hrs. Max.

FS Inspector

Three and a half (3 ½) Days Max.

Disposition on the issuance of FSEC

C/MFM

Two and a half (2 ½) Hrs. Max

Four (4) hours

Received and Report Final Action on FSEC and Building Plans with FS Checklist ; Record amount of FCF; OR #; Payment Date in the FSEC; and return file copy with supporting documents to C,FSES

Report (AIR) Receive and Evaluate AIR and Supporting Documents; Indicate the Recommendation/ Action in the AIR and Sign Disposition on the Final Action in the AIR

Local BFP Office (To be marked/identified)

C, FSES

C.MFM

Two and a half (2 ½) Hrs. Max.

Prepare three (3) copies FSIC/NTC/NTCV based on the Final Action of the AIR

C, FSES

One (1) Hr. Max.

Sign FSIC/NTC/ NTCV

C/MFM

Thirty (30) Mins. Max.

Received and Report Final Action; Record amount of FCF; OR #; Payment Date in the FSIC/NTC/ NTCV and return file copy with supporting documents to C,FSES

Fifteen (15) Mins. Max. Customer Relation Officer

Release original copy of FSIC/NTC/NTCV to applicant and indorse one (1) copy to Building Official (BO)/ Business Permit Licensing Office (BPLO), as the case maybe.

*Subject to change as soon as memorandum of agreement for e-banking is forged with the Land Bank of the Philippines (Government Servicing Bank) and/or nearest Rural Banks. LEGEND: AIR-After Inspection Report BFP- Bureau of Fire Protection, BO- Building Official, BP- Business Permit, BPLO- Business Permit Licensing Office, C/MFM- City/Municipal Fire Marshal, C, FSES-Chief, Fire Safety Enforcement Section, CRO-Customer Relation Officer, FSC- Fire Safety Checklist, FSEC- Fire Safety Evaluation Clearance, FCF- Fire Code Fees, FCFA-Fire Code Fees Assessor, FSI- Fire Safety Inspection, FSIC — Fire Safety Inspection Certificate, GSB- Government Servicing Bank, IO- Inspection Order, LGU- Local Government Unit, NTC- Notice to Comply, NTCV- Notice to Correct Violation, OP- Order of Payment, OR- Official Receipt

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Secure FSEC Application Form with the list ofrequirements from Customer Relation Officer (CRO)

LOCATION OF OFFICE

Approve/Sign IO

Conduct Fire Safety Inspection (FSI); Prepare and submit After Inspection

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Assign FS Inspector/s and Prepare Inspection Order (IO)

6

APPLICANT

6

Two (2) Hrs. Max.

Fifteen (15) Mins. Max. CRO

Release original copy of FSEC and Building Plans with Fire Safety Checklist to applicant and indorse one (1)set to Building Official (BO)

Five (5) Mins. Max

*Subject to change as soon as memorandum of agreement for e-banking is forged with the Land Bank of the Philippines (Government Servicing Bank) and/ or nearest Rural Banks. LEGEND: BFP- Bureau of Fire Protection, BO- Building Official, BP- Business Plans, BPE- Building Plan evaluator, C/MFM- City/Municipal Fire Marshal, CRO-Customer Relation Officer, FSC- Fire Safety Checklist, FSEC- Fire Safety Evaluation Clearance, FCF- Fire Code Fees, FCFA-Fire Code Fees Assessor, C,FSES- Chief, fire Safety Enforcement Section, GSB- Government Servicing Bank, LGU- Local Government Unit, OP- Order of Payment, OR- Official Receiptof Payment, OROfficial Receipt

Maximum of Five (5) Working Days from filling/acceptance of FSIC Application

Five (5) Mins. Max

Maximum of Five (5) Working Days from filling/acceptance of FSIC Application

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COMPARATIVE FIRE IN CIDENT REPORT TOTAL NO. OF FIRE INCIDENT

VARIANCE

YEAR

YEAR

Month

2010

2011

January

466

307

February

550

March

556

April

CIVILIAN

2010

FIREFIGHTER

2010

2011

INJURED

KILLED

INJURED

KILLED

-34%

80,072,920.00

62,925,470.00

0

1

9

4

352

-36%

61,415,600.00

101,233,630.00

0

0

2

7

381

-31%

51,777,900.00

37,624,560.00

0

0

2

7

531

469

-12%

80,509,326.00

118,347,750.00

0

4

3

22

May

496

354

-29%

138,814,239.26

40,186,620.00

0

2

4

13

June

264

295

12%

17,539,210.00

45,357,310.00

0

2

1

22

July

293

240

-18%

38,295,860.00

29,117,800.00

0

2

2

29

August

241

38,679,500.00

0

0

5

12

September

280

19,938,700.00

0

4

6

9

October

234

95,198,600.00

0

0

1

8

November

206

27,176,420.00

0

1

6

19

December

277

91,200,580.00

0

0

2

11

TOTAL

4394

740,618,855.26

0

16

43

163

CITY / MUNICIPALITY

TOTAL COLLECTIONS CY 2010

MANILA

CIVILIAN

2011

2010

FIRE CODE FEES COLLECTION

Month

2011

INJURED

KILLED

INJURED

KILLED

January

0

0

12

7

February

0

1

8

42

March

0

0

16

13

April

0

3

10

35

May

0

4

3

3

June

0

1

1

3

July

0

3

2

16

November

TOTAL

CITY / MUNICIPALITY

0

12

52

119

UNIFORM PERSONNEL

NON-UNIFORM PERSONNEL

TOTAL PERSONNEL

31,190,494.57

ORD-NCR

180

10

190

5,213,602.47

FIRE DISTRICT I MANILA

361

54

415

MALABON

883,035.28

5,202,150.10

FIRE DISTRICT II HEADQUARTERS

26

1

27

1,129,680.93

1,034,420.60

CALOOCAN

84

22

106

5,576,017.12

3,483,889.89

MALABON

76

1

77

78,883,367.66

60,251,734.11

NAVOTAS

42

0

42

5,874,850.88

10,573,454.51

VALENZUELA

102

1

103

FIRE DISTRICT III HEADQUARTERS

29

1

30

PASAY MUNTINLUPA

4,035,778.17

7,004,170.67

PARANAQUE

3,955,267.86

5,946,363.97

PASAY

59

0

59

LAS PINAS

8,849,127.90

7,966,868.34

MAKATI

191

14

205

33,958,274.59

31,098,628.20

PARAÑAQUE

61

2

63

SAN JUAN

3,823,973.89

5,098,350.52

LAS PIÑAS

69

1

70

MANDALUYONG

3,770,968.97

8,856,319.98

PASIG

PATEROS

623,125.42

670,230.72

TAGUIG

6,288,182.44

8,788,580.35

MARIKINA

4,541,338.46

4,134,096.01

QUEZON CITY

27,252,804.68

19,448,351.26

GRAND TOTAL

234,339,224.33

215,961,706.27

MUNTINLUPA

71

5

76

FIRE DISTRICT IV HEADQUARTERS

29

2

31

MARIKINA

67

2

69

PASIG

77

0

77

PATEROS

22

0

22

TAGUIG

55

2

57

MANDALUYONG

93

0

93

Chief Superintendent

1

SAN JUAN

64

1

65

Senior Superintendent

5

QUEZON CITY

406

36

442

Superintendent

10

GRAND TOTAL

2164

155

2319

Chief Inspector

37

Senior Inspector

71

Inspector

122

Senior Fire Officer 4

110

Senior Fire Officer 3

89

Senior Fire Officer 2

256

Senior Fire Officer 1

198

CINSP GILBERT D DOLOT (02) 729-6655/ 0928-577-6965

CINSP RODRIGO N REYES (02) 775-1136/ 0920-455-2741

December

5,402,053.45

VALENZUELA

SSUPT BOBBY V BARUELO (02) 357-0695/ 0908-884-7580

October

39,491,376.63

MAKATI

SUPT MEL JOSE P LAGAN (02) 400-1306/0926-674-7277

September

BFP-NCR PERSONNEL STRENGTH (as of July 2011)

TOTAL COLLECTIONS (as of June 2011)

SUPT OSCAR T DE ASIS (02) 324-6527/0926-674-7277

August

CALOOCAN

NAVOTAS

46

FIREFIGHTER

ESTIMATED DAMAGES

Statistical Data RECAPITULATION OF UNIFORM PERSONNEL

CINSP PAUL I PILI (02) 281-0854 / 0919-964-0225

SUPT MARCOS MONDAY T VALEN (02) 681-0233/ 0921-403-1824

SSUPT JOSELITO A QUIBIN (02) 309-9643

CINSP NAHUM B TARROZA (02) 576-1318 / 533-7708 / 0908-481-9929

SUPT RICARDO C PERDIGON (02) 816-4014/ 0922-896-9116

CINSP ROY D QUISTO (02) 746-5193/ 0923-821-0669

CINSP DOUGLAS M GUIYAB (02) 861-5422/ 0916-753-0050

SINSP MICHAEL E UY (02) 641-1365/ 0918-615-6131

CINSP JUNITO F MASLANG (02) 842-2201/ 0916-419-1692

SUPT MANUEL M MANUEL (02) 829-2076 local 104 /0928-784-9118 SUPT FELIX B MEDES (02) 874-1677/ 0915-356-3996 DISTRICT

CINSP RODERICK P AGUTO (02) 309-9643/ 0918-333-6559 DISTRICT FIRE MARSHAL

CONTACT NUMBERS

I

SSUPT JOSELITO A QUIBIN

309-9643

Fire officer 3

386

II

SSUPT JOSEPH B BACAREZA

413-3090 / 998-7814

Fire Officer 2

333

III

SSUPT LORENZO D DE GUIA

816-0791 / 8132341

Fire Officer 1

546

Total

2164

IV

SSUPT FENNIMORE V JAUDIAN

QCFD

SSUPT BOBBY V BARUELO

BFP FIRESTORM

633-8909 357-0695 / 928-3073

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INSP BONIFACIO D BANICO Editor-in-Chief, The FIRESTORM

Last April 16, 2011, sixteen (16) children were successfully rescued from the fire at a 42 year old two storey building in Pasay City. If not for the courageous efforts of the members of Barangay 195 Fire Brigade another tragedy similar to the Assossacion De Damas De Filipinas incident could’ve happened. The fire brigade which is composed mainly of barangay tanods and barangay councilmen utilized the available fire extinguishers and water pails to extinguish the fire even before the fire department arrived. It is a known fact that the manpower and availability of equipment remains to be the perennial problem of the Bureau of Fire Protection. Our fireman to population ratio of 1:5000 in the National Capital Region is a far cry from the ideal 1:2000 ratio and our equipment, especially our fire engines lags behind the technology of those of our counterparts even in the ASEAN region. Despite of all these problems, the organization remained optimistic as they encourage the public to participate in the fire prevention programs of the BFP. Our men have devised programs that serve as “force multipliers”. Navotas have their own “Timba Brigada”. Valenzuela have already launched its own project entitled, “A Depressed Community Based Fire Emergency RESPONDERS”. And in Malabon, the “Batang Bumbero Project” and “Road Fire PATROL” were already being implemented. These programs aim to involve the community in our quest to mitigate the adverse effect of destructive fires. Our Barangay Ugnayan Program has also effectively maintained a steady partnership with the volunteer and barangay fire brigades thus building a team of “first responders” within the community. The BFP may be facing problems with its manpower and capabilities but the involvement of the public compensates for what we lack. For the meantime, we should focus ourselves in involving the community in our fire prevention efforts while waiting for the long been delayed BFP Modernization. Our personnel may not be sufficient to be considered as “ideal” at the moment, but the utilization of the people in the community – the common tao, may also be the answer to our problem. Instead of thinking of the soaring population as our main problem, we might as well treat it as our solution. Let us make a firefighter out of them and create more programs that will integrate fire safety in their everyday activities.

The Firestorm  

Modernization and Public Participation, The Key towards a safe and fire free nation

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