Bureau of Fire Protection Essay

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UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
National College of Public Administration and Governance
Diliman, Quezon City

PERFORMANCE OF THE
BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION (BFP):
CONTRIBUTIONS TO FIRE MANAGEMENT

A proposal submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for PA 199.2

By:
Nheo Cervantes
Geofel Soriano

Adviser:
Vicente Mariano

September 27, 2011

I. Introduction Fires are one of the few calamities of which we can prevent. Besides the efforts of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and the passing of the Revised Fire Code or RA 9514 in 2008, fires are still one of the leading man-made disasters in the Philippines. In 2011, there had already been several fires like the incident last February 7 which left 3000
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The new Fire Code also contains provisions of administrative sanctions that can be given to BFP personnel who are not properly implementing their jobs (Dollente, 2011).
“Fire” is defined as a “rapid burning of a combustible material with the evolution of heat and usually accompanied by flame, and is used by human beings. Uncontrolled fire remains to be one of the major causes of death and property damage in today’s society. Fires do happen on a frequent basis in industry and other arenas” (Schneid, 2000:9). Schneid talks mainly on preparedness when these incidents happen and some strategies about other disasters as well.
March is the Fire Prevention Month in the Philippines. The BFP announced several fire safety precautions to help manage fires. Despite these precautions, the BFP stated that most establishments, notably in Baguio City, are fire safety violators. In relation to this, there have been a series of fires here in Metro Manila, notable of which was the fire that engulfed the houses in Agham Road last February (Dar, 2011). The problem of fire during these months seems to occur every year.
Administrative Actions
“Disaster Risk Management (DRM)” is the “process of guiding and directing people, local communities and concerned government,…