QUEZON CITY – The Quezon City government has unveiled its community-based fire awareness program aimed at educating residents on basic fire prevention measures, local reports said.
The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, in partnership with Red Cross, Bureau of Fire Protection, the Manila Electric Co., and Quezon City Social Services Development Department will hold weekly seminars on fire awareness and electrical safety tips in several areas.
During the event, Quezon City Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte emphasized the significance of awareness on fire prevention measures, saying fire incidents could be avoided if the people would only be familiar with the perils of illegal electrical connections and the different fire hazards.
"Naisip nating isagawa ito dahil halos araw-araw simula Enero lagi tayong may sunog sa ating lungsod. Kakaiba ang dami ng sunog na nararanasan natin mula nang mga nagdaang buwan (We thought to conduct this because almost every day since January we always have fire incident in our city. The number of fires which we have been experiencing in the past months is different)," Belmonte said in an interview.
"Nagtataka ako bakit ganoon na sa isang maliit na pagkakamali tulad ng electrical connection, naiwang kalan, at kandila ang dami-dami nang naapektuhang buhay, damay-damay ang lahat. Nakakalungkot (I’m wondering why in such a small fault such as electrical connection, unattended gas stove and candle, the extent of damage is too much. It's just sad)," she added.
Belmonte revealed that the internal administrative challenges of the local government would take the provision of the financial assistance for fire victims for at least six months before it can be distributed.
“May nakarating sa akin na 16 na signatures daw ang kailangan bago makarating 'yung financial assistance sa mga nasunugan. Dapat alisin 'yung 15 doon nang sa gayon maibigay agad ang kailangang tulong (Information that reached me said 16 signatures are needed before the financial assistance reaches the fire victims. Those 15 signatures should be removed so that the needed assistance will be immediately given),” Belmonte said
The city government rolled out the initiative after a huge fire struck West Riverside in Barangay San Antonio which affected 450 families.