By: FO2 Anna Liza L Tomas
The municipality of Piddig, Ilocos Norte, with the leadership of Honorable Mayor Eduardo “Eddie” Guillen, launched a 24/7 Quick Response Team, the “Piddig Cares Center”, last May 28, 2013.
Piddig Cares, is a critical health care facility which aims to assist individuals in crisis situation who need immediate medical attention due to illness or accidents and serves as an effective mechanism in the eventuality of disasters and natural calamities. It is envisioned to protect, safeguard and promote the safety and well-being of Piddigueños in crisis situations as well as those in need of emergency medical attention and intervention through the prudent use of local government resources with the purpose of delivering quality and prompt service to the community.
The facility, which is open 24 hours a day at 7 days a week, is presently being manned by personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection Piddig headed by SFO3 Edison M Reyes, Office of the Municipal Mayor, and Volunteers.
This program is in parallel to one of the mandates of the Bureau of Fire Protection which is to provide emergency medical and rescue services to the community.
By: FO1 Frances Diana C Pascua
Republic Act No. 9458 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 was enacted to improve efficiency in the delivery of government service to the public by reducing bureaucratic red tape and preventing graft and corruption.
Bureau of Fire Protection Ilocos Norte adheres with this Act as it serves as a reminder of duties and responsibilities as government employees/civil servants.
Under this law, all government offices including Fire Stations are required to put “No Noon Break” posters to render continuous frontline services even during lunch time.
Moreover, a service standard/pledge that communicates information on the services provided by the concerned government agency to the public, also known as the Citizen’s Charter was placed conspicuously in the fire station premises. It describes the step-by step procedure for availing a particular service.
BFP Ilocos Norte as a form of public assistance, the ARTA encourages government offices to have information and grievance desks where an officer knowledgeable on their frontline services offered shall be available for consultation and advice. The desk shall be attended to at all times even during office breaks including lunch period. Hence, the BFP Ilocos Norte designates personnel on duty to serve as Public Assistance and Complaints Officer.
Aside from that, BFP offices and stations have established basic facilities to ensure the availability of comfortable waiting areas, and comfort rooms to ensure the public for an a comfortable and stable delivery of service.
FO1 Joseph Alvin P Garo
BFP Pasuquin led by the energetic Municipal Fire Marshal INSP REYNALDO M DOMINGO consistently performed Ugnayan sa Barangay. With due diligence of the uniformed members of the BFP, were able to visit all the 33 barangays of the municipality. This activity attests to the commitment of the BFP in its Mission that is to prevent destructive fires. The year-round barangay visitation has improved the fire safety awareness of the people in their homes especially in the kitchen area where most fire starts.
Oplan Balik Eskwela was also accomplished by the BFP Pasuquin, successfully conducted fire safety inspection and distributed fire safety materials to the teachers and parents of various schools as a show of support for the Brigada Eskwela.
As result of these activities undertaken, the BFP Pasuquin has recorded zero fire incidents on the first semester of this year.
By: F01 Leo R Baliscao
Bureau of Fire Protection – Bangui Fire Station, Ilocos Norte actively supports and joined the activity of the Department of the Education for the OPlan Brigada Eskwela for the School Year 2013- 2014.
Brigada Eskwela is an annual schools’ cleanup and repair activity spearheaded by DepEd, with the cooperation of non-government organizations, parents, students, teachers, the business community and civic organizations
The activity is to Adopt-A-School Program (ASP) that invited local residents to help fix up the public schools in their area as a great way to generate community support via the time-honored, uniquely Filipino tradition of “BAYANIHAN.”
Its effort has evolved from a week long cleaning-up and beautification exercise to a festive coming together of students, teachers, school officials, parents, community members, local government officials, non-government organizations, church groups and the private sector.
By: FO1 Mary Joy R Manuel
Two (2) years ago a Memorandum Circular No. 2011-06 re- Supplemental Guidelines for an effective transitory compliance from old Fire Code (PD 1185) to the new Fire Code of the Philippines of 2008 (RA 9514) of implementing rules and regulations dated 04 January 2011 duly signed by former BFP Chief DIRECTOR ROLANDO M BANDILLA JR for the installation of Automatic Fire Suppression System (Sprinkler System) to all high rise building.
Gradually, Laoag City Fire Station implemented the said law. All high rise building were inspected and given notice to comply with regards to the installation of the Automatic Fire Suppression System (AFSS) with a grace period of 2 years.
Fire Safety Inspectors headed by the OIC-CFM SR INSP BONIFACIO C SACATRAPOS JR strictly monitored the compliance of the buildings and as per office record, all High Rise Buildings notified were already complied with the provision of Sec. 10.2.19.4 of RA 9514.
By: SF01 Roy S Bonoan
On 15 0830H July 2013, BFP Bangui Fire Station, Ilocos Norte received an LCD Multi Media Overhead Projector from FIRST BALFOUR COMPANY who takes pride being the first engineering company in the Philippines to receive an Investors in People (IiP) certification, an affirmation of the Company’s professionalism and commitment to continued business improvement through its people and having an organizational culture that clearly values customer satisfaction and commitment to excellence. The awarding represented by ENGR. EDWARD AGUSTINES, Project In-Charge – 1st Balfour Company and ENGR. FREDERICK MARTIN, Area Project Manager – Burgos Wind Farm of Burgos, Ilocos Norte in front of Municipal Hall witnessed by LGU family and in the presence of newly elected Local Chief Executive Hon. DIOSDADO I. GARVIDA, M.D. and Vice Mayor Hon. FIDEL A. CIMATU JR. of Bangui, Ilocos Norte.
Having a projector is very meaningful for the station, on the delivery of fire safety information and education to the citizenry within area of responsibility considering that BFP Bangui is actively educating the lower grade level in private and public schools.
An absolute overwhelming expression of gratitude to the leadership of FIRST BALFOUR COMPANY who support the BFP’s mission and vision embodied with the 3 E’s of Fire Prevention which means 1) Engineering, 2) Enforcement and 3) Education.
By: FO1 Mary Joy R Manuel
Recently concluded the awarding of the Best Performing Fire Station Nationwide sometimes in April 2013, Laoag City Fire Station garnered 96.83% and awarded as one of the top Fire Station Nationwide. Beyond that achievement was being ISO Accredited, though. This was made possible by the LGU through the joint efforts of all every department of the City Government including Laoag City Fire Station. Each has contributed effective strategies and procedures in accordance to ISO standards and made Laoag City Fire Station achieved the above award.
Laoag City still on its journey to maintain its accreditation, and again, an ISO Awareness and Internal Auditor Training/Seminar has been held for three (3) consecutive days at the Laoag City Conference Room conducted by the Macro Vision Consultancy attended by several employees coming from different department of the City of Laoag and other linked agencies interfaced in securing Business Permits. The main purpose though of this training/Seminar is of building up another set of Internal Auditors to check and supervise the implementation of every department’s controlled procedure.
BFP-Laoag represented by one of its personnel. She has completed the seminar, took the qualifying examination and top the same with 88% highest point. She is now included as one of the newest Internal Auditor of the City Government of Laoag.
Congrats BFP-Laoag for a job well done!