Provincial Fire Marshal Supt. Allan Ebalar explained that OLP is the BFP’s response to the ever-growing demand for a more adoptive, comprehensive and immerse fire protection program for the rural and urban communities.
“It sums up the agency’s new and improved approach of providing a fire protection plan that will truly produce results,” Ebalar said.
The OPL aims to increase the number of trained and organized communities, ready and prepared as partners in fire prevention and fire suppression efforts or initiatives by 10 percent and decrease the occurrence of fire by eight percent every year. It consists of the Handang Pamayanan (Ready Community); Bayanihan Program (Cooperative Undertaking); Kaagapay Program (Companion) and the Lingap Program.
Under the Handang Pamayanan, the barangay creates a community fire protection plan and establish a community hazard map to identify the hazard areas, and such plan will be laid out in case of fire incidents.
The Bayanihan Program focuses on neighborhood initiatives in creating fire plans and an expansion of abilities and skills will be taught to the volunteer fire brigade who will then be considered as members of Community Fire Auxiliary Group (CFAG).
The Kaagapay Program gives emphasis to the capacity building of firemen wherein BFP personnel will conduct barangay visits for basic fire safety awareness among the household members.
The Lingap Program, on the other hand, recognizes villages that conduct intensive house-to-house fire safety surveys in densely populated neighborhood and fire-prone areas.
In the implementation of the OLP, the BFP will assist the barangay councils in crafting of the community fire protection plan and in organizing the CCFAG. It will designate a “bumbero sa pamayanan” to assist in implementing the various programs and component activities of the OPLAN and provide other related assistance.
Ebalar said through the different municipal fire stations, they will partner with stakeholders to provide trainings to CFAGs and other agencies or offices for them to be capable in responding to fire incidents and other calamities. (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao)
By Marcelo B. Lihgawon