By: Boy Ryan B. Zabal
PHOTO CHRISTINE BARRIOS/BFP KALIBO
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Kalibo activated its fire safety inspectors ahead of the Ati-Atihan celebration to ensure safety compliance of buildings, commercial establishments, lodges, inns and beer houses.
The newly-designated Kalibo Fire Marshall Senior Inspector Sidjie Gerardo said, “all establishments are required to comply with the fire safety requirements of the Fire Code of the Philippines or Republic Act No. 9514.”
During the weeklong Kalibo festival, BFP will deploy its fire trucks in staging and other strategic areas in the west and east sectors of Kalibo and to respond immediately in case there are fire calls and emergencies.
Fire inspectors also inspected the festival venues, especially the exit doors or points of Kalibo Magsaysay Park for public safety as revelers are expected to converge for the Hala Bira Ati-Atihan nights from January 15 to 21. Gerardo said, exit doors should be marked and lighted to guide merrymakers in case of emergency. Aside from fire trucks, 40 uniformed BFP personnel will also augment the security forces as emergency responders for the Ati-Atihan.
Moreover, Gerardo appealed to merrymakers to refrain from using pyrotechnics and firecrackers during the traditional street dancing to avoid fires and to minimize if not stop unnecessary injuries to spectators and visitors.
Fireworks suppliers are also reminded to coordinate with BFP to secure proper permits and requirements from the Fire Marshall and the Philippine National Police for the fireworks display or fireworks exhibition during the Ati-Atihan celebration./MP