Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go recently led the donation of a brand-new fire truck, a police patrol car and other government grants to cooperatives in Kibawe, Bukidnon. Last year, he joined President Rodrigo Duterte in the turnover ceremony of 74 fire trucks to local government units (LGUs).
Assistance to hundreds of Lumad residents were also distributed.
Go is the author of Senate Bill (SB) No. 204 or the proposed Fire Protection Modernization Act of 2019. Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) chief Jose Embang Jr. acknowledged the benefits of the proposed law.
Embang said that 287 or nineteen percent of the 1,489 municipalities in the country do not have fire trucks yet, “Layunin namin ang pagkakaroon ng bagong fire trucks at emergency vehicles sa bawat bayan,” he emphasized.
“Hayaan ninyo akong pasalamatan ang ating mahal na Pangulo sa kanyang panawagan at suporta na maisulong ang modernisasyon ng Bureau of Fire Protection. Malaking tulong po ang PhP10-billion Fire Protection Modernization Act of 2019,” Embang said.
The President has urged Congress in his fourth State of the Nation Address in July 2019 to pass a law mandating a modernization program for the BFP, along with several other laws.
At the recent BFP’s 46th Fire Service RecognitionDay, Go said that the passage of SB 204 includes hiring of more personnel, acquiring modern fire equipment and trainings for firefighters, among others.
The bill also mandates BFP to respond to disasters and conduct monthly fire prevention campaigns and information drive in all local government units, particularly in informal settlements and economically depressed areas.
“It is high time that we upgrade the facilities and capabilities of the Bureau of Fire Protection. Let us add more services and hire more men and women who would dare to become the respected and admired firemen and women of our nation,” said Go.