Palawan still lacks water trucks, personnel, and vital equipment for firefighting operations, an official of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) recently admitted.
BFP Palawan Provincial Fire Marshal Supt. Catalino Ramos Jr. said 12 municipal fire stations (MFS) in the province are also considered “high risk” because they remain under the control and management of local government but are not being supplied with enough fire prevention equipment that are required for quick response reaction.
The MFS is located in the towns of Agutaya, Araceli, Balabac, Cagayancillo, Culion, Dumaran, El Nido, Linapacan, Magsaysay, San Vicente, Sofronio Española and Taytay.
“Considered as high risk sila kasi unang-una kulang ang tao at kulang ang equipment. Pero ang mga hepe naman natin d’yan alam naman nila ang gagawin nila,” he said.
Ramos is appealing to officials in these municipalities to donate their fire stations to the BFP for fund allocation and provision of equipment and staff personnel.
“Kaya nga ang call ko sana sa kanila i-donate nila sa BFP para malagyan ng tao at gamit para makapag-serbisyo. Hindi naman natin kukunin ‘yon, doon, pa rin ‘yan sa paglilingkod sa kanila,” Ramos stressed.
He said fire facilities should be a priority in municipalities in Palawan as fire accidents and disasters are unpredictable.
“Ang concern ko d’yan lalo na ‘yong El Nido, ang daming pumupunta. Papaano kung magkaroon ng problema, papaano ngayon ‘yan. Dapat priority kasi ‘yan,” Ramos warned.
Currently, Ramos said only 11 municipal fire stations are under the BFP-provincial department.