Fire displaces 700 families in Navotas

Robie de Guzman   •   October 18, 2019   •   711

MANILA, Philippines – Hundreds of families in Navotas City have been displaced after a fire broke out in a residential area in North Bay Boulevard North early Friday morning.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said the blaze erupted at past 2:00 a.m., and reached fifth alarm in just a few minutes.

The fire quickly spread and razed around 200 houses that were mostly made up of light materials.

It was declared fire out around 6 a.m.

The Navotas City Risk Reduction and Management Office said at least 700 families were affected by the fire.

The BFP is still accounting if there are fatalities or missing persons. It also has yet to determine the cause of the fire. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Lockdown in H. Monroy St. in Brgy. Navotas West extends until June 24

Marje Pelayo   •   June 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Navotas city government has extended the lockdown imposed over H. Monroy Street in response to the recommendation of the City Health Department.

The lockdown was supposed to end on June 21, but has been extended through June 24.

This comes after 49 residents in the barangay tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the recently conducted rapid tests, one of whom yielded a positive result in the confirmatory test.

In his Facebook page. Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco said his decision to extend the lockdown is for the residents to complete the 14-day quarantine period. 

The local government strongly reminds residents to be vigilant and be responsible considering that recent cases of COVID-19 have been reported among family members. MNP (with inputs from Joan Nano)

BFP forms special investigation team to probe ‘Boracay 27’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2020

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has formed a special investigation team to probe on the so-called ‘Boracay 27’ or the BFP personnel who breached quarantine protocols in Boracay.

BFP Director Jose Embang Jr. said they are prepared to file the necessary complaints once the 27 involved personnel are found guilty of breaching quarantine protocols.

The Boracay 27 reportedly visited the island from June 12 to 14 for a despedida party. One of them later tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Iimbestigahan sila and then kasuhan, kung talagang nag-violate sila ng quarantine, anyway rest assured na hindi tinotolerate ng Bureau of Fire Protection ang mga ganyang practices and whoever be found guilty, then they will suffer kung ano man ang consequences niyan (They will be investigated and will be charged if they really violated quarantine protocols. Anyway, rest assured the BFP does not tolerate these practices and whoever be found guilty will suffer the consequences),” he said.

Embang also said the 196 personnel in BFP Western Visayas Region underwent rapid COVID-19 testing and will be in quarantine while awaiting their test results.

Meanwhile, the BFP Chief of Western Visayas F/SSupt. Roderick Aguto has been relieved from office. Former Director of BFP Logistics in the National Headquarters F/SSupt. Jerry Candido was assigned as the officer-in-charge. –ACC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

BFP official relieved over personnel’s breach of quarantine protocols in Boracay

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has ordered the relief of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Region 6 Director Fire Senior Supt. Roderick P. Aguto after several BFP personnel allegedly breached quarantine protocols in Boracay.

The BFP personnel, dubbed as the ‘Boracay 27’, reportedly visited the island of Boracay from June 12 to 14 for a despedida party. However, one of their members was supposed to be in quarantine while waiting for her COVID-19 test result which later came out positive.

Año said the country is currently facing a pandemic and there is no time for any excuses.

“We will never tolerate any wrongdoing by our BFP personnel or any other DILG personnel for that matter because lives are at stake here. Moreover, as law enforcers, we must set a good example to our people and the breach of quarantine protocols sets a very bad example,” he said.

The DILG also said that the BFP Regional Office is now conducting swabbing and placing under quarantine all its personnel who have had contact with the said individual.

Meanwhile, the BFP will begin further investigation on the matter and is prepared to file a complaint once it is found that the Boracay 27 indeed violated quarantine protocols. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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