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BFP to put up fire stations in metro subdivisions

March 31, 2024 Joel dela Torre 522 views

THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is looking forward to put up fire stations with firetrucks and ambulances in strategic subdivisions of Metro Manila to help achieve the three to five-minute response time during fire incidents and other emergencies.

According to BFP-National Capital Region director Chief Supt. Nahum Tarroza, the plan is already at the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) under San Juan City mayor Francis Zamora which will be discussed with the other local chief executives (LCEs) of the Metropolis for resolution before it will be brought to the offices of the homeowners associations (HOA).

“Pinapagawan natin sa RPOC (Regional Peace and Order Council) ng resolution.. ibibigay ng RPOC chairman in the person of San Juan mayor (Francis) Zamora, (ibibigay) nya sa mga LGUs, or sa mga mayors, para tulungan kami i-enforce yun. . hindi naman lahat ng subdivision, . . . strategic lang,” he told this writer.

Tarroza said that the bureau is asking the respective HOA officials if they can provide the bureau a portion of their “open spaces.”

He cited Presidential Decree 1216 defining “open space” in residential subdivisions and amending Section 31 of PD 957 requiring (subdivision) owners to provide roads, alleys, sidewalks and at the same time reserve open space for parks or recreational use.

Pursuant to PD 953, at least 30 percent of the total area of a subdivision must be reserved, developed and maintained as open space for parks and recreational areas.

The BFP-NCR chief however, assured homeowners that the space to be provided for a fire station, would not be “for free” but through a usufruct agreement.

Tarroza explained that there are the so-called grey areas in Metro Manila or places that have no sub-stations that would be of a big contribution in achieving the three to five-minute response time if given the nod to construct a fire building with fire trucks and emergency units.