DILG Central News
BFP raises funds for Habagat victims; conducts relief operationsAugust 17, 2012
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has launched a voluntary fund-raising drive among its subordinates to provide relief goods to those who were displaced by the floods brought about by the southwest monsoon rains that ravaged major parts of the country last week.
In a report to Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, BFP Officer-in-Charge (OIC) C/Supt. Reuben Bearis said the more than 16,000 personnel of the fire bureau voluntarily contributed a certain amount of their salaries to purchase food and basic commodities for those who are temporarily housed in evacuation centers.
Bearis said BFP personnel chipped in P50 each from non-commisioned officers and P100 each from the officers and bought the goods that were neatly packaged by volunteers at the National Headquarters.
“As many of our fire personnel were involved in the relief and evacuation efforts during the height of the torrential rains, they felt that they could do more so they willingly chipped in a part of their salaries to help the victims,” he said.
This morning, BFP officers will personally distribute 4,500 relief goods consisting of bottled water, canned goods, rice, chocolate drinks and milk to the flood victims who are staying in evacuation centers in San Mateo, Laguna and Pampanga.
Bearis said doctors and nurses of the fire bureau will also conduct medical missions where medicines will be given free for the patients/victims, while the chaplain of the bureau will also conduct spiritual counselling to the evacuees.
The fire chief will also deploy firetrucks for water rationing and bathing of the victims, and to help clean the evacuation centers.