TINGOG Sinirangan party-list first nominee Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez yesterday sought the continued inspection of residential homes and buildings for possible fire hazards as she cited the heroism of firefighters and volunteers in the country whose “malasakit” (compassion) has been saving lives, homes, and properties from destructive fires.
Tingog party-list recently conducted a relief operation for fire victims in Bgy. Narra in Catarman, Northern Samar where a total of 81 families were affected with 61 houses totally burned down and 20 partially damaged by the blaze.
With the annual observance of the Fire Prevention Month this March, Romualdez, congresswoman of the First District of Leyte, also underscored anew the need to modernize the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
“For us to help prevent fire, we should always adhere to the promotion of public safety and follow safety measures,” said Romualdez, chairperson of the House committee on accounts.
Romualdez extolled the spirit of volunteerism of the fire-fighting community, adding this should snowball the support to their mission in the name of public safety.
“We commend our firefighters and volunteers whose proudest moments are to save lives, homes and properties. They are always there, night and day, for us and not giving up the battle despite physical limitations and lack of support for their welfare,” stressed to Romualdez .
Romualdez is the wife of former House Independent Bloc Leader and ex-Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, also president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) and Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD), who is running for Leyte’s first congressional district.
Rep. Romualdez stressed the need to provide fire trucks, fire stations and modernized firefighting equipment to the majority of towns in the countryside.
“We have to seriously invest more in modernizing the BFP for the best interest of the nation. Let us build fire stations and purchase modern equipment for our firefighters,” said Romualdez.
Romualdez also cited the need for Congress to appropriate funds for the BFP to embark on modernizing the “equipment of fire fighters” aimed at preventing the loss of lives and properties, adding that “unreliable safety equipment” of them should also improve.
“Their act of bravery as firefighters is a greatest accomplishment already because they are involved in a very noble calling and indeed, they very selfless people who put their lives on line. It is important for us not to forget them, instead we should always recognize and celebrate their heroism,” Romualdez noted.
“The lives of our firefighters and fire victims are also in great danger if our firefighting equipment is not reliable,” she added.
Romualdez urged the government through the BFP to give the public leaflets and handouts containing safety tips on fire prevention aimed at enhancing their awareness.
“In most of the fire cases, some of these have been caused by careless behavior when using candles and appliances.
The public should also do their share by always staying vigilant against the fires. Let us continue to learn and educate our neighborhoods in preventing fire incidents,” said Romualdez, adding that smoking and poor electrical connections causing fires could have been avoided had proper safety measures have been followed.