A senior official of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 7 has challenged fire marshals and officials in Central Visayas to continue raising the bar of excellence in delivering quality fire protection services to the people.
”In the past, our organization faced many challenges. We were beset by climate change, disasters and floods yet we have succeeded in doing our tasks. May we keep running and do more and continue raising the bar of excellence in delivering our services,” said BFP 7 director Sr. Supt. Aloveel Ferrer.
Ferrer made the statement during the traditional BFP courtesy call held at the Cebu Business Hotel attended by over 100 city and municipal fire marshals and division chiefs from Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor and Negros Oriental.
For 2010, the BFP 7 aims to activate and computerize more fire stations, improve its information dissemination on fire prevention and establish stronger ties with partner agencies.
During his talk, Ferrer cited Republic Act 9514, or the Revised Fire Code, which stipulates that fire code fees, taxes and fines will now be collected by BFP and no longer by the city or municipal government.
The BFP, however, will appropriate 20 percent of the collection for the use of the city or municipal government for the operation and maintenance of the local fire station.
Ferrer said RA 9514 will generate more revenues for the BFP enabling it to address the issue on the lack of fire stations, especially in Region 7.
Among the 52 towns and component cities in Cebu, there are only 22 active fire stations, he said.
He said RA 9514 will also enable them to buy more fire protective gears and computerize all fire stations this year.