CEBU CITY - A senator on Monday said the new fire protection law that seeks to efficiently and effectively address fire-related accidents by modernizing the country's firefighting capability will benefit the communities.
In a statement, Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, vice chair of the Senate committee on finance, said the enactment of Republic Act 11589 or the "BFP Modernization Act of 2021" that he authored and co-sponsored at the Senate, is expected to transform the bureau into a world-class institution through the implementation of a modernization program.
His remarks came as his team sent aid to 275 fire victims in Lapu-Lapu City on Friday, assuring the fire-hit communities to build back better through assistance from different government agencies.
In his video message to the fire victims, Go said the new law will give the BFP opportunities to perk up its capabilities that include the recruitment of more firefighters, provision of specialized training, and upgrade and acquisition of new fire equipment.
"To better protect Filipinos, we need to further strengthen the Bureau of Fire Protection by improving its services and capabilities so that it can efficiently and effectively respond to incidents and other catastrophes," he said.
He reminded the fire victims to continue adhering to the health protocols and urged them to get inoculated once eligible to increase their bodies' defenses against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Go also offered assistance to those with health concerns and urged them to visit any of the Malasakit Centers in Cebu should they need help in paying their hospital bills.
In a separate distribution activity, the National Housing Authority provided the families with housing assistance under its Emergency Housing Assistance Program while the Department of Trade and Industry and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority assessed those who may be eligible for their respective support programs. (PNA)