BFP recognizes Celso for consistent aid, support PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 16:01

The Bureau of Fire Protection has recognized the consistent assistance and support of Mayor Celso Lobregat that contributed to the BFP’s success in its fire prevention campaigns and programs.

The mayor was conferred with a special plaque during a program marking the Bureau’s  20th anniversary held at 5pm yesterday at the Quezon City Sports Complex at E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave., Quezon City with Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo as guest of honor and speaker. 

Since improving the city’s financial condition, Mayor Lobregat has initiated various projects for the different agencies under the Department of Interior and Local Government that include the BFP.

These projects include the P3.8million repair/ improvement of the Central Fire Station in Cesar Climaco Avenue; construction of fire stations in the barangays—the latest of which were in Boalan (P1.9million), Recodo (P1.9million) and Calarian (P1.9 million); the donation of fire trucks and other fire fighting equipment and the grant of allowances to fire personnel which has been increased to P1,000 a month from the previous P700 a month.

The allowances started at P200 a month from 1995-2006, increased to P300/ month in 2007-2008, P500 a month in 2009 and P700 a month in 2010. Now with sound fiscal management, the Lobregat administration increased the amount to P1,000 a month. The allowance is withdrawn every quarter.

The city government is expected to undertake more projects to support the needs of the Bureau of Fire Protection under the 2011 and proposed 2012 executive budgets.

The BFP’s 20th anniversary celebration is themed ““BFP: Two Decades of Committed Service to the Filipino People” highlighting the bureau’s achievements the past years.

The anniversary celebration yesterday kicked off with a mass celebrated at the new BFP National Headquarters building at Agham Road, Quezon City. It was followed by the unveiling of the marker and blessing of the BFP building.

Aside from giving recognition to Mayor Lobregat and a few other local chief executives, the BFP under F/Dir. Rolando Bendillo Jr. likewise honoured the Ten Outstanding Pilipino Firefighters (TOPF).

It was on August 2, 1991 when the inaugural operation of the Bureau of Fire Protection started as a distinct agency of the government, with its initial preparation of Operation Plans and Budget (OPB) undertaken by the staff of the National Chief Fire Marshal’s office at Camp Crame, Quezon City headed by the then F/Brig.General Ernesto Madriaga who took over from the long reign of F/Maj. Primo D. Cordeta, the first Chief Fire Marshal (1978-1989).

Just two weeks ago, Bureau of Jail Protection and Management (BJMP), another agency under the DILG umbrella, also cited Lobregat for his consistent support and assistance to the jail bureau.

Other than the Fire and Jail bureaus, the Lobregat administration also supports and assists the police, Aviation Security Command (AVSECOM) and Patrol 117 because of sound fiscal management. — Sheila Covarrubias