QUEZON CITY – Resolving issues revolving around informal settlers is one way of preventing fire incidents in Quezon City, a report by the Philippine News Agency said.
Quezon City Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte said coming up with more sustainable solutions is one way of curbing the series of blazes that destroy properties and endanger lives.
“Sana magkaroon tayo ng mas sustainable solutions dito sa problema ng laging nasusunog. Marami sa mga settlements na nasusunog itong taon pa lang ay nasunog na dati (I hope we will have a more sustainable solutions in this problem of prone to fires. Majority of the settlements that are being gutted by fire yearly have previously been gutted by fire)," Belmonte said in an interview on Thursday.
"Most were caused by electrical wiring, such as faulty wiring that is prone to overloading," she added.
Data from the Bureau of Fire Protection in Quezon City (BFP-QC) show that 785 out of the 1,034 cases of fire were caused by electrical connections.
To deal with the matter, the local government forged partnership with the QC Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Manila Electric Company (Meralco), Red Cross, and BFP to craft a Fire Prevention Education Program to be rolled out this month.
The initiative seeks to educate people on how to prevent fire and overloading, as well as how to ensure that activities at home would not result in fires.
"Kailangan may comprehensive plan talaga ang local government (The local government must really have a comprehensive plan)," Belmonte said.
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista is in discussions with the National Housing Authority (NHA) to declare all informal settler family (ISF) communities in the city as danger zones.