By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte committed to upgrade the capabilities of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) by purchasing more fire trucks and providing fire personnel more training.
At the 28th anniversary of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the 118th Year of Fire Service in Pasay City Thursday, the President assured that his administration will continue to pursue programs and other initiatives that will enhance the BFP’s professional and operational capabilities.
“Magbili ako ng maraming truck. At saka sinasabi ko sa COA (Commission on Audit), hindi ako magbili ng lowest bid. Bahala na kung magka-korte tayo… ‘yang lowest bid mo, dalawang andar lang ‘yan (I will purchase a lot of trucks for you and I told COA that I will not buy the lowest bid because it may not last long).” he said.
The President also called on the BFP to forge more productive and collaborative partnerships with local government units (LGUs), considering the civilian nature of the bureau.
He said firemen inspire everyone in the field of public service, citing their steadfast commitment to duty even if they have to risk their lives.
“I hope that this important milestone will encourage you to further promote excellence, solidarity, and professionalism within your organization so you may achieve more things in the coming years,” he said.
Duterte also said firemen should undergo more training.
“Of course the training. ‘Yung mga investigatory niyo (Your investigatory skills), the first to reach the — if it’s a result of a crime, the crime scene, mas madali (it would be much easier),” he said.
“So some of you might have to go to attend classes on the gathering of evidence,” he added.
Maintaining peace and order
The President said he was considering arming BFP personnel to help the police and the military maintain law and order.
“You know, you have to help in the (keeping of) law and order. You are not limited to just fire,” he said.
“You have to go around and help the policeman and the military. Isang senyas lang naman kayo, magkaalaman na kayo eh (You’re able to understand each other with just a few signs),” he added
Duterte raised the issue of security following reports of violence in some parts of the country, particularly in Negros Oriental where he said killings have gone unabated.
“So itong NPA (New People’s Army)…nagwa-warning ako. This cannot go on. So sabi ko sa inyo, pa-issue-han ko man kayo ng baril…kayong mga bumbero (I’m warning the NPA. This cannot go on. So I am thinking of arming our firemen),” he said.