(Mabuhay, ZSP)- Nearly three hundred individuals coming from the Local Government Unit of Mabuhay, academe, non-government organizations (NGOs) and members of APO (AlphaPhiOmega) joined the unity walk spearheaded by the Bureau of Fire Protection in Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay on the dawn of March 1, 2018.
Fire Officer Jimmy Potayre said that the activity aims to raise awareness in the community and recognizes the role of every individual in achieving fire safety, not only during the month of March but all throughout the year.
He explains that this year's theme "Ligtas na Pilipinas ang ating hangad, pag-iingat sa sunog ay sa sarili ipatupad" is an encouragement that every Filipino must be responsible in keeping a fire-safe environment where everyone should take proactive measures.
"Fire safety begins in ourselves. Di bale ng manakawan, wag lang masunugan ( It’s better to have our house robbed than burned to the ground).” He said.
Moreover, DILG Officer Lemuel C. Mejares emphasized that it’s better safe than sorry. The fire that hit one of the offices in Mabuhay on 2017 would serve as a reminder to be more careful, to be proactive rather than retroactive.
“As a part of our national development, there is an impelling and constant need for propagating safety consciousness among our people everyday of the year as a positive preventive approach to a problem that can be solved by more caution, vigilance, sobriety, exercise of common sense. There would be no need for the firemen if all of us would take precautionary measures”, he lightheartedly said.
He also shared some practical tips in keeping the entire family safe from the damages of fire, emphasizing some situations inside the kitchen, in the bedroom and in respective offices.
Meanwhile, LDRRMO Ronald B. Zarate underscored that the activity shall be intensified with preparedness on earthquake drills and simulation to be conducted in every schools as part of the month-long observance.