TACLOBAN CITY (PIA) -- As the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Eastern Visayas kicks-off its activities for the month-long observance of the Fire Prevention Month this March, Chief Superintendent Adel De Paz Bautista, BFP-8 regional director, underscored the important role of media in disseminating information on fire safety to the public.
In a press conference held Wednesday, Bautista acknowledged the media as partners which plays a significant role in society as he asked for help in their fire safety campaign.
“Your presence here today means a lot in helping our agency to intensify our information dissemination drive and fire safety campaign to make sure that it reaches all members of the community,” Bautista said.
He also emphasized that fire prevention is not the sole responsibility of those who are in authority.
“The BFP alone cannot achieve a fire-safe community. Every individual must do their part and be responsible enough to prevent from being victims of destructive fires,” Bautista added.
Bautista also mentioned that octopus electrical connections topped as the main cause of fires in the region followed by unattended cooking, LPG tank leak, appliances, candles, among others.
In 2022, the region has recorded 248 fire incidents which incurred damage of over P160 million. Said figure is higher compared in 2021 which recorded 244 fire incidents incurring over P109 million damage.
Fire Prevention Month is being observed every March of the year in pursuant to Proclamation No. 115-A signed on November 17, 1966 by then President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
This year’s Fire Prevention Month banners the theme, “Sa Pag-iwas sa Sunog, Hindi Ka Nag-iisa. (MMP/CBA/PIA-8)