ROXAS City — Despite an intensified information campaign by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), millions-worth of properties were razed by fire last year.
Information Officer Marlon Garbo of the Roxas City BFP disclosed that their office recorded some P7.11-million worth of damages on properties last year.
Garbo said the estimates were based on the 124 reported fire incidents in this capital city and six other towns in the 1st District of Capiz, namely Panay, Pontevedra, Panitan, President Roxas, Pilar and Maayon.
Fire prevention activities and vigilance of everybody remain the top measures to tone down more fire incidents in the province, he said.
“This is why we continue conducting lectures and seminars and other advocacies in the schools and communities,” said Garbo.
Fire safety should be a top priority in every home, office or establishment as it could claim not only properties but lives as well, he explained.
He said last year, they conducted 27 lectures and seminars and 16 fire drills, especially in schools.
“Series of inspection activities in all government and private hospitals, schools, building, boarding houses and night spots were also done regularly last year,” he added.
Garbo cited some fire safety tips at home such as eliminating fire hazards through good housekeeping; keeping out of flammable materials such as gasoline, alcohol, paint and the like from the house; regular checking of electrical installations; and non-overloading of electrical circuits, among others. (Jemin B. Guillermo/PIA/PN)
Renew licenses, grains bizmen told
ROXAS City — The National Food Authority (NFA) called on Capiceño grains businessmen to renew their licenses.
NFA Information Officer Jose Davila Jr. said they already started processing the applications for renewal of licenses for grains business operation in the province.
Aside from the renewal of licenses, they are also accepting applications for licenses of new grains businessmen, he said.
To facilitate all the applications, the NFA has designed the clustering of grains business applicants per municipality, Davila said.
This month, he said, was assigned for the processing of licenses of businessmen from the municipalities of Cuartero, Dao and Dumarao.
“February has been allocated for the grains businessmen from Panay, Panitan and Pontevedra,” Davila said.
March is for President Roxas, Maayon and Pilar, and April is for this capital city, he added.
On the other hand, businessmen from Tapaz, Dumalag, Jamindan and Sigma could renew their licenses on May while those in Mambusao, Ivisan and Sapian could renew their licenses in June.
Davila pointed out, however, that new applicants could come to their office for the processing of their licenses anytime of the year.
He said they are expecting to register more than a thousand grains retailers and wholesalers this year based on the 1,085 licensed grains traders last year.
Meanwhile, Davila urged those who would engage in grains trade to secure first the necessary permit or license before doing business to avoid penalties and inconveniences. (Jemin B. Guillermo/PIA/PN)
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