By Rey Anthony Chiu, PIA-Bohol | 12:05 AM April 11, 2021
If things go according to plan, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) would be erecting in Cortes, its P30 million Office of the Provincial Fire Marshal, even as the same office is also funding the P19, 470 million Tagbilaran City Fire Station in San Isidro District.
This is according to Bohol Provincial Fire Marshal, Fire Chief Inspector Raul Bustaliño, speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA last month.
Bustaliño also bared that Bohol has already attained near 100 percent of its towns with fire stations.
To date, there are only 4 towns in Bohol without Fire Stations, and of these, most have already donated lots for the BFP to apportion the funds necessary for the erection of a standard BFP fire station which now costs the government P7, 321 million, for the building alone.
This year, BFP Bohol has proposed for the P 137, 322 million in its programs, activities and projects for 2022, this is almost four times as big as the annual BFP allocation for Negros Oriental and Cebu.
Up in their calendar for 2022 is the construction of the standard P7, 321 million fire station in Corella, Anda, Loboc, Bilar, Pilar, San Miguel, Duero, Getafe, Lila, Trinidad, Danao and Balilihan.
To date, the towns in Bohol without fire stations include Danao, Duero, Lila and San Miguel.
Bustalino also revealed that the BFP is set to send this month a high working platform for firemen fighting fire in tall buildings.
He said a fire ladder is set for Tagbilaran City, considering that the city has not some tall buildings which can not be reached by normal fire hoses.
Tagbilaran City’s issue with high altitude fire fighting only started recently, when the Tagbilaran City Airport was transferred to Panglao.
The transfer also automatically voids the construction of tall buildings which were earlier restricted with the tall structures posing navigational risks to the planes landing and taking off from the airport.