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"NOBLE IN PROFESSION,


NOBLE IN CHARACTER"


Vision


A WORLD-CLASS


FIRE PROTECTION AGENCY,


WORKING TOWARDS A


PUBLIC SAFETY


CONSCIOUS SOCIETY”


Mission



“TO PREVENT AND


SUPPRESS DESTRUCTIVE FIRES,


ENFORCE FIRE RELATED LAWS AND


PROVIDE EMERGENCY MEDICAL AND


RESCUE SERVICES



History



I.      BRIEF HISTORY OF TUPI FIRE OFFICE


On September 1992, Tupi has acquired a Hino Forward Fire truck from the BFP. The new Firefighting Unit has no shelter of its own that time.

 

Together with the BFP Personnel, they were housed in a temporary shade, built in a narrow space between the DSWD and PNP building, where the BFP first started to function and served the constituents of Tupi.

 

Eventually, by virtue of Sangguniang Bayan Resolution No.121 Series of 1991, approved on October 7, 1991, declaring Malvar Street Closed and Donating the portion of the said street to be used as the site of the Fire Station; in compliance to Section 56 of Republic Act No. 6975;   the P .4 million building that houses Tupi Fire Office today, was erected at the Municipal Compound, along Sunico St., Brgy. Poblacion, Tupi, South Cotabato. It was funded from the, Countryside Development Fund (CDF) P 100,000.00, Brgy Assistance to Local Government Units P 150,000.00, Provincial Government P100,000.00, and Tupi Municipal Government under the administration of the late Municipal Mayor Hon. Roel I. Senador, M.D. shouldered the rest andother later expenses until the completion of the project.

 

The building was formally turned-over by the Local Government to the BFP on December 11, 1993. No less than the former South Cotabato 1st District Congresswoman Lualhati R. Antonino leads the  ribbon cutting and turn-over ceremony of the Tupi Fire Office Building. She was assisted by former Mayor Hon. Roel I. Senador.

 

The ceremonial key of the building was accepted by the then BFP Region 12 Asst. Regional Director SUPT VIRGILIO C TOBIAS, SR BFP, SFO1 Pedro V Simugan BFP, the first Acting Municipal Fire Marshal of the Tupi Fire Office.


On the late 90’s, the garage of the Fire Office was extended (doubled its original size), and undergone series of repaintings of the building, and series of repair of its Fire Truck, under the leadership of the above mentioned Municipal Fire Marshal.

 

Progress took place continuously within the municipalities of South Cotabato. One of this was the creation of the Tampakan Fire Office, Tampakan, South Cotabato, a town of 16 Kms distance from this Municipality, on which, also an area of responsibility of the Tupi Fire Office before.

 

With this development, the First Municipal Fire Marshal of Tupi, SFO3 Pedro V Simugan BFP, who served the municipality for 16 uninterrupted years, garnered an exemplary record and loyalty in the doing the mandated task; was chosen by the BFP National Headquarter, in Quezon City, thru the recommendation of the Regional Director of BFP 12, SRSUPT SAMUEL R PEREZ, CESO IV; was designated as the first Municipal Fire Marshal of Tampakan Fire Office; thereby, a new Municipal Fire Marshal was designated in this Municipality, by virtue of Bureau Order No REA-2008-334, signed by the former Chief BFP, DIRECTOR ENRIQUE C LINSANGAN, MPA,DPS, on 28 October 2008, in the person of SRINSP MAYSAEL S WENCESLAO BFP, the second and present Municipal Fire Marshal, of this municipality.

 

Under the present leadership; mutual trust, partnership, and cooperation, with the LGU, is always the paramount consideration; that the better delivery of basic Fire Services, be available anytime, to every constituent.

 

Past & Present MFM'S

 

SFO3 Pedro V Simugan BFP 01 September 1992 - 27 October 2008

SRINSP MAYSAEL S WENCESLAO BFP 28 October 2008     - Present


Personnel Profile

 

TUPI FIRE OFFICE PERSONNEL PROFILE


TUPI FIRE OFFICE PERSONNEL PROFILE
Rank Name Designation DES Educ Eligibility Trng DOB Gender   Status
SINSP MAYSAEL S WENCESLAO Municipal Fire Marshal 16-Dec-93 BSEE RA1080 OBC 13-May-67 M M
SFO3 Eugenio M Mangilaya Dep. Mun Fire Marshal 11-Dec-93 BSC FO2 FPSC 12-Feb-67 M M
SFO2 Rogelio N Patris Chief Admin NCO 11-Dec-93 BSC CS Prof FAIIC 20-Jan-64 M M
SFO2 Loreto A Madronero Chief Operation NCO 17-May-83 AB Econ PO3rd FPSC 12-Nov-57 M M
SFO1 Hernando C Mandapat Fire Safety Inspector 1-Oct-97 AB Math FO2 FPSC 22-Dec-61 M M
FO3 Arturo N Teruel Chief Logistis/Supply 11-Dec-93 AB Econ PO PSBRC 26-Jul-65 M M
FO3 Ruel D Marcelino Driver Pump Optr 11-Dec-93 AMarEng  Sr PO PSBRC 30-Apr-67 M M
FO3 John Joey P Bangelis Chief Ems 1-Aug-96 BSN RA1080 PSBRC 10-Sep-71 M M
FO3 Ferdinand G Francia Chief Plans & Trng 1-Oct-97 BSN RA1080 PSBRC 20-Nov-68 M M
FO2 Rolando B Bermas Chief Intel & Invest 1-Oct-97 BSCrim RA1080 PSBRC 29-Sept-72 M M
FO1 Gil O Advincula Driver Pump Operator 6-Dec-99 BSIE SubPrf PSBRC 1-Sept-72 M M
FO1 Renie B Gustilo Driver Pump Operator 16-Jul-03 ABPolSciCS PO PSBRC 31-Aug-71 M M
FO1 Achilles A Torres Driver Pump Operator 1-Dec-03 BSAccty CSProf PSBRC 3-Nov-77 M S
FO1 Nore Lee S Logmao Chief PIS/PRMS 15-Apr-05 BSPT RA1080 PSBRC 9-Feb-75 F S

Rank Name Desgtn DES Educ Eligibility Trng DOB Gndr  Stat

SINSP MAYSAEL S WENCESLAO MFM 16-Dec-93 BSEE RA1080 OBC 13-May-67 M M

SFO3 Eugenio M Mangilaya DMFM 11-Dec-93 BSC FO2 FPSC 12-Feb-67 M M

SFO2 Rogelio N Patris C, Admin 11-Dec-93 BSC CS Prof FAIIC 20-Jan-64 M M

SFO2 Loreto A Madronero C,OPN 17-May-83 AB Econ PO3rd FPSC 12-Nov-57 M M

SFO1 Hernando C Mandapat FSI 1-Oct-97 AB Math FO2 FPSC 22-Dec-61 M M

FO3 Arturo N Teruel C,Log/Sup 11-Dec-93 AB Econ PO PSBRC 26-Jul-65 M M

FO3 Ruel D Marcelino DPO 11-Dec-93 AMarEng   Sr PO PSBRC 30-Apr-67 M M

FO3 John Joey P Bangelis C,EMS 1-Aug-96 BSN RA1080 PSBRC 10-Sep-71 M M

FO3 Ferdinand G Francia C,P&T 1-Oct-97 BSN RA1080 PSBRC 20-Nov-68 M M

FO2 Rolando B Bermas C,I&I 1-Oct-97 BSCrim RA1080 PSBRC 29-Sept-72 M M

FO1 Gil O Advincula DPO 6-Dec-99 BSIE SubPrf PSBRC 1-Sept-72 M M

FO1 Renie B Gustilo DPO 16-Jul-03 ABPolSci CS PO PSBRC 31-Aug-71 M M

FO1 Achilles A Torres DPO 1-Dec-03 BSAccty CSProf PSBRC 3-Nov-77 M S

FO1 Nore Lee S Logmao C,PIS 15-Apr-05 BSPT RA1080 PSBRC 9-Feb-75 F S

 


Contacts

 

 

IN CASE OF FIRE AND OTHER


EMERGENCIES,


CALL OR TEXT US AT:



CALL SIGN                         -      PROTECTOR


RADIO FREQUENCY         -      151.990


TELEPHONE NUMBER      -      822-0122


CELLPHONE NUMBER      -      09215715309



Directory

 

DIRECTORY




JESSE M ROBREDO

DILG Secretary


DIRECTOR ROLANDO M BANDILLA, JR, CESO IV BFP

Chief BFP


CSUPT SAMUEL R PEREZ, CEO VI BFP

Regional Director BFP 12


CINSP EDZRAPEL K DILAWANGAN BFP

South Cotabato Provincial Fire Marshal


SRINSP MAYSAEL S WENCESLAO BFP

Municipal Fire Marshal


SFO3 EUGENIO M MANGILAYA BFP

Deputy Municipal Fire Marshal/Fire Code Fees Collecting Officer/SDO


SFO2 ROGELIO N PATRIS BFP

Fire Office Chief Admin Sec./Staff Duty Officer


SFO1 LORETO A MADRONERO BFP

Fire Office Chief Operation/Staff Duty Officer


SFO1 HERNANDO C MANDAPAT BFP

Fire Office Fire Safety Inspector/Lecturer


FO3 JOHN JOEY P BANGELIS BFP

Fire Office Chief Emergency Medical Services


FO3 FERDINAND G FRANCIA BFP

Fire Office Chief Plans and Programs


FO3 ARTURO N TERUEL BFP

Fire Office Chief Supply and Logistics/Finance Officer


FO2 ROLANDO B BERMAS BFP

Fire Office Chief Intelligence and Investigation


FO1 NORE LEE S LOGMAO BFP

Fire Office Chief PIS/PRMS/Fire Code Fees Assessor


Safety Tips



 

AT HOME

 

Put phone numbers of fire department near phone.

Eliminate fire hazards through goods housekeeping. Dispose waste paper, rubbish, and other flammable materials regularly.

Keep matches out of the children’s reach.

Oil or gas lamps and candles should be placed away from curtains. Do not put them where the wind, children or pets may topple them. Put out the flame before going to bed.

Do not keep flammable materials like gasoline, alcohol, and paint inside the house.

Regularly check your electrical installations, and have all frayed wirings and electrical fixtures changed or repaired by a licensed electrician.

Do not overload electrical circuits by putting additional lights and appliances.

Blown fuses should not be replaced with coins, wires, or any metal.

Never leave a lit cigarette/cigar/pipe unattended-it may fall on flammable materials which could start a fire.

 

SIMPLE HOME PREVENTION MEASURES

 

Crush your cigarettes and cigar stubs thoroughly before discarding them. Provide yourselves with ashtray. Do not smoke in bed.

Oil or gas and other native lamps should be place away from curtains and other objects that easily catch fire. Do not put them where the wind, children, cats or other moving beings may topple them. Put out the flame before going to bed.
Do not store any flammable substance or any volatile liquid in the kitchen. Cover the flammable container tightly.

Extinguish all live charcoals and embers or concentrate them in the middle of the stove after being through with kitchen chores. Make it a habit to inspect the kitchen before retiring. Most fires in the home occur at night.

Keep matches and lighters away from reach of children.
Clear the corners and nook of the house from rubbish, rags and other waste materials.
Remove the accumulation of leaves in gutters and other parts of the roof and wood shaving and litters in the attic.

Quantities of flammables, such as gasoline, oil benzene, naptha, alcohol, and other highly flammable materials should be kept in dwelling houses.

Rubbish burning should be done on the stove or in the yard away from the house wall. Every smoldering coal left from the bonfire should be extinguished. Be careful that no flying embers from bonfire would alight on the roof of the houses.

Do not use open flames for decorations.

Combustible objects, such as firewoods, waste paper and rugs should not be indiscriminately dumped or strewn in the house. Boxes should be regularly cleaned.

Kerosene and oil stoves should be checked to leakage and they should be regularly cleaned.

Do not use leaking liquefied petroleum gas equipment.

EMERGENCY ACTION: BURNS


SMALL HEAT BURNS

 

Remove clothing if not stuck.

Immerse burned area in lukewarm water or applied cold pack (never use ice) unless skin is open or blistered.

Cover burn with sterile or clean dressing.

 

MAJOR HEAT BURNS

 

 

Call for emergency help (usually 117) or rush conscious victim to hospital.

DO NOT remove clothing, DO NOT immerse in cold water.
Cover burn with clean material; keep victim warm, elevated burned feet or legs.
If not breathing, give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation: tilt-lift chin, pinch nose shut, seals mouth with yours gives 2 full breaths. Repeat: 1 breath each 5 seconds.

 

CHEMICAL BURNS

 

 

PROMPTLY call for emergency aid, or rush to hospital immediately.

If chemical container is nearby, obey first aid steps on it. Keep it to show to the hospital personnel.

Until helps arrived, remove clothing from burn and flood burn with water, if face is burned the eyes. DOCTORS SHOULD SEE ALL BURNS, EXCEPT IF SKIN IS REDDENED IN ONLY SMALL AREA.

 


Capabilities



II.      CAPABILITIES

A.     Personnel

OFFICER

1

NON-OFFICERS

13

NUP

0

TOTAL

14

 

DISTRIBUTION OF PERSONNEL

OFFICES/STATIONS

STRENGTH

Tupi Fire Office

14

 

 

 

ACTUAL FIREMAN TO FIRE TRUCK RATIO

TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONNEL

14

Assigned to Admin

1

Assigned to Operation

11

Assigned to other Division/Section

2

Total Number of Fire Trucks

1

Standard Fireman to Fire Truck Ratio

1:7 per/Shift

@ 2 Shifts/Day

IDEAL NO. OF PERS TO MAN THE EXISTING FIRETRUCK

# Of pers assigned to operation X 7 X 2

14 personnel

SHORTFALL OF PERSONNEL

(ideal no. of pers to man the existing fire trucks)-(# of pers assigned to Operation)

4 personnel

 

B.       Logistics (Equipment, Tools, etc)

BFP STATIONS/OFFICES

/SERVICEABLE VEHICLES

 

FIRE FIGHTING GEARS (SVC)

CAPABILITY

TOTAL

 

CAPABILITY

TOTAL

Provincial Office

1

 

Fire Helmet

3

Fire Stations

1

 

Fire Gloves

1

Fire Sub-stations

1

 

Fire Trousers

0

Fire Trucks

Transferred from other Governement Agency

0

0

 

Fire Coats

2

BFP Procured

1

1

 

Fire Boots

7

Donated by LGU

0

0

 

Breathing Apparatus

1

 

MOA

0

0

 

FIRE FIGHTING TOOLS

 

DOD

0

0

 

Suction Hose 4”

4

Owned by LGU

0

0

 

Fire Hose 1 ½

7

Cong. Initiative

0

0

 

Fire Hose 2 ½

4

Service Vehicle

1

 

Fire Nozzles 1 ½

3

Fire Pump

0

 

Fire Nozzles 2 ½

1

Fire Rubber Boat

0

 

Pike Pole

1

Rescue Ambulance

0

 

Fire Axe

1

 

 

 

Spanner

5

 

 

 

Wire Rope Sling

1

 

 

 

Fire Flashlight

0

 

 

 

Fire Ladder

1



Accomplishments

III.    ACCOMPLISHMENTS

A.       Fire Prevention

Building Plans Reviewed

15

Business permit Processed

3

No. of Establishment Inspected

15

* Correction

0

* Closure

0

* FSIC Issued

15

 

B.     Fire Suppression

1. FIRE EMERGENCY CALLS

Responded

1

Estimated Damaged

Php

Number of Families Displaced

None

INJURIES

Civilian

0

BFP Members

0

FATALITIES

Civilian

0

BFP Members

0

2. MOTIVE OF FIRE

A.  Accidental

1

B.  Intentional

0

C.  Under Investigation

0

3. TYPES OF FIRE

A.  Structural

1

B.  Vehicular

0

C.  Grass Fire

0

D.  Locomotive and Bomb Explosion

0

 

C.      Fire Investigation

Fire Investigated

0

Index Fire

0

Non-Index Fire

1

Arson Cases Filed in Court

0

 

D.     Rescue/Medical Services

ACTIVITIES/RESPONSES

NON-EMERGENCY

A.  Free Medical and Dental Clinic

0

B.  TT Vaccination

0

C.  Glucose Test

0

D.  Consultation/Treatment of Pers/Dependents

0

E.  Blood Letting

0

F.  BP Monitoring

1

G.  Consultation/Treatment of Civ Beneficiaries

0

H.  First Aid/BLS Lectures/Drills

1

I.   First Aid Station/EMS Stations

0

EMERGENCY RESPONSES

a.  Fire Incidents

0

B.  Rescue Operation

0

C.  Medical Cases

0

 

E.      Fire Code (Collection) as of October 5, 2010.

 

OFFICES/STATIONS

Fire Code Fess Collected

Fire Code Fees Remitted/Deposited

Tupi Fire Office

PHP 120,483.22

PHP 120,483.22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

PHP 120,483.22

 

 

 

 

IV.     PLANS, PROGRAM, AND PROJECTS

A.       Administrative

The Chief Admin, SFO2 Rogelio N Patris, directed the personnel of this office, to updates the 201 Files, in preparation for the Regional Office, Admin Division, 201 File yearly check-up and updating.

 

The compliance to these directives, thereby, results to the completeness, and orderliness, of personnel records.

 

B.       Financial Management (Local Updates)

 

The Local Government Unit of Tupi, thru the Municipal Mayor Reynaldo S Tamayo, Jr, by virtue of the approved Supplemental Budget by the Sangguniang Bayan, appropriated an amount for Job Order personnel; authorizes this Office to recommend, Two (2) Job Order Administrative Aides, from this municipality; as part of the New Administration’s plan, to help, Jobless constituents, to alleviate their status of living.

 

This is one among the Priority Programs and Plans of the Municipal Fire Marshal, SRINSP MAYSAEL S WENCESLAO BFP, which the latter aimed for, when he first step, in this office; in which, the mutual Cooperation and Partnership of works in the Local setting, makes this programs and plans realized.

 

(Plans and Programs, with corresponding Project Profile submitted)

 

A.       Organization of Volunteer Fire Brigade

A.       Organization of 15 Barangay Volunteer Fire Brigade.

A-1     Source of Financial Support

LGU of Tupi 20% Development Fund

A-2     Status of the Program:

At the stage of preparation, including the request for the release of budget intended                                       for;

A-2-1  additional Fuel for mobiling

A-2-2  ID’s and Certificates

A-2-3  Tarpaulin for Streamers

A-2-4  Honorarium

B.       Whole year-round Fire Prevention Information Drive

B-1     Source of Financial Support

LGU of Tupi 20% Development Fund

B-2    Distribution of Tarpaulin with Fire Office Contact Numbers to 16 Barangays, and Thickly                                      Populated areas.

B-2-1  One (1) for Brgy Halls

B-2-2  One (1) for Health Center

B-2-3  One (1) for Elementary & High School

B-2-1  Status of the Program:

Tarpaulins are now at the stage of distribution

B-3     Distribution of Tarpaulin Poster Type on Safety Tips

B-3-1  For 15 Barangays Hall, and Thickly populated areas

B-3-2  Status of the Program:

At the stage of request for the release of budget for the procurement and                                                      printing Tarpaulin containing Safety Tips on Fire Prevention

B-4     Distribution of Tarpaulin for Oplan Kaluluwa Information Drive

B-5     Tarpaulin for BFP Recognition Day

C.       Fire Prevention Month Celebration (Accomplished already)

Funded under the 20% Development Fund of LGU Tupi

 

C.       OPERATION

Conduct regular Fire Drills of the Personnel, together with the Two (2) Job Order administrative Aides, from the LGU; AS

 

D.       LOGISTICS (Local Updates)

 

The Bureau of Fire Protection, aside form its known job, which is the suppression of destructive fires, as more people have known also; is the time, effort, and energy consuming, responsibility; the Fire Safety Inspection.

 

Inspection, both for Business establishments, and electrical connection; does not choose a favorable time, situation and place, for the inspector. Since, it is always a complaint, which, the lack of mobility equipment, intended for such; hinders sometimes the compliance/fulfillment of the mandated task and responsibilities; hence, by the initiated of the Local Fire Office Chief, thru the 2009 supplemental budget, requested, a One (1) Unit Honda XRM Motorcyle; that upon deliberation and depend, at the Sangguniang Bayan hearing; it gains a specific importance and deserved a merit in the minds of the SB Members; and finally, granted.

 

The XRM Honda Motorcycle, issued, plays a very important role, in the field of inspection, of this office.

 

Last week, the Local Government Unit, renewed, the Registration of the aforementioned motorcycle.

V. MAJOR ACTIVITIES:

A.       The Local Government Unit of the Municipality of TUPI has just finished conducting the Yearly Municipal Search for the Greenest and Cleanest Barangay.

 

The aim of said activity and/or evaluation is to permit every citizen in the Barangays, to be properly informed and responsive, in the full and proper implementation, of the Solid Waste Management Act. This year, the search begun on July 26 and ended last August 23, 2010; Finally,on Sept. 11, 2010 the Technical Working Group  had declared Brgy.Crossing, Brgy. Poblacion and Brgy. Cebuano as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winning Barangays successively, based on the criteria, set forth.

 

Accordingly, the Bureau of Fire Protection participated in the said search and/or evaluation, thru its authorized representative, FO3 John Joey P Bangelis BFP, Fire Office Chief EMS, as requested by the LGU.

 

B.       The municipality of Tupi has just celebrated  its 57th Foundation Anniversary and 1st Agten Tufi Festival, last Sept 1-Sept 11, 2010.

 

During the said  activity, the Bureau of Fire Protection, Tupi, was the one  in-charged with the Poster and Logo Making contest, in which, the winning Logo, will be used as the official Logo of the Agten Tufi Festival, in the succeeding year celebration.

 

Accordingly, this task, was assigned to this office, since, they trusted the latter, in carrying purpose, to obtain the goal. It cannot be refuted, that for the past two years, the acts of this office, during the BFP Municipal Level Poster Making Contest, in which, turns out successfully, are the seen proof; and same, the funds they extended on such activity, was properly disbursed, according to its purpose.

 

This activity was participated by different Public and Private Secondary Schools in this municipality.

 

The main objective and purpose, herein aimed for, is to introduce, the Culture and Arts, of the inhabitants of this Municipality, to the rest of the world; as such, will remain, even beyond the change of time.

 

C.       In support of the government’s projects most especially in the field of Health and in the fight against Dengue, this office  together with the LGU’s elected officials and employees, other Business establishments and institutions participated in the “Clean Up Day VS Dengue Fever” last September 17-18, 2010.

 

D.       On the progress of the distribution of Tarpaulin in Poster Type containing Telephone Numbers of the Fire Office and Fire Prevention Tips to all Barangays and schools of this municipality.

 

E.       Organization of Volunteer Fire Brigade in every Barangays of this Municipality, starting last week of August to October 2010. Funds for such, is now ready for released, upon valid request, to be supported with schedule/items/components of activities.

 

F.       On the stage of request for the release of the appropriated budget from the LGU, for the Printing of Sticker Type Reminder, containing, Office’s Official, Telephone Number, Station Cell phone, and Radio Frequency; to be posted, in different establishments, Barangay Halls, Schools, Local Operation Public Utility, Multicabs, Jeepney, Tricycle, and Private Vehicles; for the purpose of bringing the Fire Office closer to the populace, to increase awareness, and promptness of reporting, of any Fire Related incidents, and other emergencies, to this Office.

 

FSIC

 

STEP BY STEP PROCEDURE (Clients)  IN SECURING FSIC

1. Inquire on how

to secure Fire Safety Inspection Certificate for Business Permit

2. Submit requirements

3. Verify status of application for Fire Safety Inspection Certificate after 2 working days

4. Wait while the document is processed

5. Payment of regulatory fees to the office of the Municipal Treasurer

• Present official receipt to Customer's Record Officer then attend a 2 hour orientation on Fire Safety and Prevention

6. Wait for the release of Fire Safety Inspection Certificate

 

REQUIREMENTS:

• Authenticated Machine Copy of Approved Building Permit

• Occupancy Permit

• Real Property Tax Assessment of the Bldg.

• Proof of Payments of all Fees charged by the Local Government Unit (LGU), Office of the Building Official (OBO) and other Government agencies issuing permits

• Locational map

• Final fire safety inspection report

• Order of payment

 

FEES AND CHARGES:

• Fire Inspection Fee - 10% of all fees charged by the Local Government Unit (LGU), Office of the Building Official (OBO) and other Government Agencies issuing permits

• 1% of the Assessed value of the building, Structure and facilities

• 2% of the premium of insurance coverage

PROCESSING TIME:

• Maximum of 2 and a half day and 40 minutes

 

END OF TRANSACTION

 

 

Legal Matters

 

PROFESSIONALIZATION ACT

REPUBLIC ACT 9263

 

Republic of the Philippines
Congress of the Philippines

Metro Manila

Twelfth Congress
Third Regular Session

 

Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-eight day of July, two thousand three.

Republic Act No. 9263             March 10, 2004

AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE PROFESSIONALIZATION OF THE BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION (BFP) AND THE BUREAU OF JAIL MANAGEMENT AND PENOLOGY (BJMP), AMENDING CERTAIN, PROVISIONS OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6975, PROVIDING FUNDS THEREOF AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

SECTION 1. Title. - This Act shall be known as the "Bureau of Fire Protection and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Professionalization Act of 2004."

SEC 2. Declaration of Policy and Principles. – It is declared policy of the state to maintain peace and order, protect life, liberty and property, and promote the general welfare essential for the enjoyment by all the people of the blessings of democracy (Article II, Section 5 of the Philippine Constitution) Moreover it recognizes the responsibility of the state to strengthen government capability aimed towards the strengthening of the delivery of basic services to the citizenry though the institutionalization of highly efficient and competent fire and jail services.

It is provided for under Republic Act No. 6975, other wise known as the "Department of the Interior and Local Government Act 1990", that the task of fire protection, and jail management and penology shall be the responsibility of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), respectively.

Moreover, Section 3 of the Republic Act No. 8551, otherwise known as the "Philippine National Police Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998", provides that in times of national emergency, BFP and the BJMP along with the Philippine National Police (PNP) shall, upon the direction of the President, assist the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in meeting the national emergency, in addition to the performance of their inherent functions as mandated by law.

It is therefore recognized that the uniformed personnel of the BFP and the BJMP, as member of the uniformed service of the government under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), are required the same amount of sacrifice, service and dedication like their counterparts in the4 PNP and the AFP to carry out their respective duties to the extent of risking their lives and limbs.

Towards this end, the State shall provide for the Professionalization and restructuring of the BFP and the BJMP by upgrading the level of qualifications of their uniformed personnel and standardizing their base pay, retirement and other benefits, making it at par with those of the PNP and the AFP.

SEC. 3. Organization and Key Positions of the BFP and the BJMP. – The BFP and the BJMP shall be respectively headed by a Chief who shall be assisted by two (2) deputy chiefs, one (1) for administration and one (1) for operations, all of whom shall be appointed by the President upon recommendation of the Secretary of the DILG from among the qualified officers with at least the rank of senior superintendent in the service: Provided, that in no case shall any officer who has retired or is retirable within six (6) months from his/her compulsory retirement age be appointed as Chief of the Fire Bureau or Chief of the Jail Bureau, as the case may be, Providedfurther, that the Chief of the Fire Bureau and Chief of the Jail Bureau shall serve a tour of duty not to exceed four (4) years: Providedhowever, that in times of war or other national emergency declared by Congress, the President may extend such tour of duty.

The Heads of the BFP and the BJMP with the rank of director shall have the position title of Chief of the Fire Bureau and the Chief of the Jail Bureau, respectively. The second officers in command of the BFP and the BJMP with the rank of chief superintendent shall have the position title of Deputy Chief for Administration of the Jail Bureau, respectively. The third officer in command of the BFP and the BJMP with the rank of chief superintendent shall have the position title of Deputy Chief for Operation of Fire Bureau and Deputy Chief for Operation of the Jail Bureau, respectively. The fourth officers in command of the BFP and the BJMP with the rank of chief superintendent shall have the respective position title of Chief of Directorial Staff of the Fire Bureau and Chief of Directorial Staff of the Jail Bureau, who shall be assisted by the directors of the directorates in the respective national headquarters office with at least the rank of senior superintendent.

The BFP and the shall establish, operate and maintain their respective regional offices in each of the administrative regions of the country which shall be respectively headed by a Regional Director for Fire Protection and a Regional Director of Jail Management and Penology with the rank of senior superintendent. He/She shall be respectively assisted by the following officers with the rank of superintendent: Assistant Regional Director for Administration, Assistant Regional Director for Operations, and Regional Chief of Directorial Staff.

SEC. 4. Professionalization and Upgrading of Qualification Standards in the Appointment of Uniformed Personnel to the BFP and the BJMP. – No person shall be appointed as uniformed personnel of the BFP and the BJMP unless he/she possesses the following minimum qualifications:

a) A citizen of the Republic of the Philippines;

b) A person of good moral character;

c) Must have passed the psychiatric/psychological, drug and physical test for the purpose of determining his/her physical and mental health;

d) Must possess a baccalaureate degree from recognized institution of learning;

e) Must possess the appropriate civil service eligibility;

f) Must not have been dishonorably discharged of dismissal for cause from previous employment;

g) Must not have been convicted by final judgement of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude;

h) Must be at least one meter and sixty-two centimeters (1.62 m.) in height for male, and one meter and fifty-seven centimeters (1.57 m.) for female: Provided, That a waiver for height and age requirement \s shall be automatically granted to applicants belonging to the cultural communities; and

i) Must weight not more or less than five kilograms (5 kgs.) from the standard weight corresponding to his/her height, age and sex;

Provided, That a new applicants must be less than twenty one (21) nor more than thirty (30 years of age: except for this particular provision, the above–enumerated qualifications shall be continuing in character and an absence of any one of them at any given time shall be ground for separation or retirement from the service: Provided,further, That the uniformed personnel who are already in the service upon the effectivity of this Act shall be given five (5) years to obtain the minimum educational qualification and one (1) year to satisfy the weight requirement.

After the lapse of the time of period for the satisfaction of a specific requirement, current uniformed personnel of the BFP and the BJMP who will fail to satisfy any of the requirements enumerated under this Section shall be separated from the service if they are below fifty (50) years of age and have served in the government for less than twenty (20) years, or retired if they are age fifty (50) and above and have served in the government for at least twenty (20) years without prejudice in either case to the payment of benefits they may be entitled to under existing laws.

SEC. 5. Appointment of Uniformed Personnel to the BFP and the BJMP. – The appointment of the BFP and the BJMP shall be effected in the following manners:

a) Fire/Jail Officer I to Senior Fire/Jail Officer IV. – Appointed by the respective Regional Director for Fire Protection and Regional Director for Jail Management and Penology for the regional office uniformed personnel or by the respective Chief of the Fire Bureau and Chief of the Jail Bureau for the national headquarters office uniformed personnel, and attested by the Civil Service Commission (CSC);

b) "Fire/Jail Inspector to Fire/Jail Superintendent. – Appointed by the respective Chief of the Fire Bureau and Chief of the Jail Bureau, as recommended by their immediate superiors, and attested by the CSC;

c) Fire/Jail Senior Superintendent. – Appointed by the Secretary of the DILG upon recommendation of the respective Chief of the Fire Bureau and Chief of the Jail Bureau, with the proper attestation of the CSC; and

d) Fire/ Jail Chief Superintendent. To Fire/Jail Director.- Appointed by the President upon recommendation of the Secretary of the DILG, with the proper endorsement by the Chairman of the CSC.

SEC. 6. Lateral Entry of Officer into the BFP and the BJMP. – In general, all original appointments of officers in the Fire Bureau and Jail Bureau shall commence the rank of fire/jail inspector wherein applicants for lateral entry into the BFP shall include all those with highly specialized and technical qualifications such as, but not limited to, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, chemical engineers, chemist, architects, criminologists, certified public accountants, nurses, physical therapists, and dentists, while applicants for lateral entry into the BJMP shall include all those with highly specialized and technical qualifications such as, but not limited to, social workers, psychologists, teachers, nurses, dentists and engineers. Doctor of Medicine, members of the Philippine Bar and chaplains shall be appointed to the rank of fire/jail senior inspector in their particular technical service. Graduate of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) shall be automatically appointed to the initial rank of fire/jail inspector.

SEC. 7. Professionalization and Upgrading of Qualification Standards in the Designation of Uniformed Personnel of the BFP and the BJMP to Key Positions. -

a) No person shall be designated to the following key positions of the BFP and the BJMP unless he/she has met the qualifications provided therein:

1) Municipal Fire Marshal. – Should have the rank of senior inspector, who must have finished at least second year Bachelor of Laws or earned at least twelve (12) units in a master's degree program in public administration, management, engineering, public safety, criminology or other related discipline from recognized institution of learning, and must have satisfactory passed the necessary training of career courses for such position as may be established by the Fire Bureau;

2) City Fire Marshal. - Should the rank of chief of senior inspector, who must have finished at least second year Bachelor of Laws or earned at least twenty four (24) units in a master's degree program in public administration, management, engineering, public safety, criminology or other related disciplines from recognized institution of learning, and must have satisfactory passed the necessary training or career courses for such position as may be established by the Fire Bureau;

3) District Fire Marshal, Provincial Fire Marshal, Assistant Regional Director for Administration, Assistant Regional Director for Operations and Regional Chief of Directorial Staff. – Should have the rank of superintendent, who must be a graduate of Bachelor of Laws or a holder of a mater's degree in public administration, management, engineering, public safety, criminology or other related disciplines from recognized institution of learning, and must have satisfactory passed the necessary training or career courses for such position as may be established by the Fire Bureau;

4) District Fire Marshal for the National Capital Region, Regional Director for Fire Protection and Director of the Directorate of the National Headquarters Office. – Should have at least the rank of senior superintendent, who must be a graduate of Bachelor of Laws or a holder of master's degree in public administration, management, engineering, public safety, criminology or other related disciplines from a recognized institution of learning, and must have satisfactory passed the necessary training or career course for such position as may be established by the Fire Bureau;

5) Deputy Chief for Administration of the Fire Bureau, Deputy Chief for Operations of the Fire Bureau and Chief Directorial Staff of the Fire Bureau.- Should have the rank of superintendent, who must be a member of the Philippine Bar or a holder of a master's degree in public administration, management, engineering, public safety, criminology or other related disciplines from recognized institution of learning, and must have satisfactory passed the necessary training or career courses for such as may be established by the Fire Bureau; and

6) Chief of the Fire Bureau. – Should have the rank of director, who must be a member of the Philippine Bar or a holder of a master's degree in public administration, management, engineering, public safety, criminology or other related discipline from a recognized institution of learning, and must satisfactory passed the necessary training or career courses for such position as may be established by the Fire Bureau.

b) No person shall be designated to the following key positions of the BJMP unless he/she has met the qualification provided therein:

1) Municipal Jail Warden. – Should have the rank of chief inspector, who have finished at least second year Bachelor of Laws or earned at least twelve (12) units in a master' degree program in management, public administration, public safety, criminology, penology, sociology, national security administration, defense studies, or other related disciplines from a recognized institution of learning, and must have satisfactory passed the necessary training or career courses for such position as may be established by the Jail Bureau;

2) City Jail Warden. – Should have the rank of chief inspector, who must have finished at least second year Bachelor of Laws or earned at least twenty four (24) units in master's degree program in management, public administration, public safety, criminology, penology, sociology, national security administration, defense studies or related disciplines from a recognized institution of learning and must satisfactory passed the necessary training or career courses for such position as may be established by the Jail Bureau: Provided, That in city jails with a population of one thousand (1,000) or more inmates, the city jail warden shall the rank and qualification of a district jail warden;

3) District Jail Warden, Provincial Jail Administrator, Assistant Regional Director for Administration, Assistant Regional Director for Operations and Regional Chief of Directorial Staff. – Should have the rank of senior superintendent, who must be a graduate of Bachelor of Laws or a holder of a master's degree in management, public administration, public safety, criminology, penology, sociology, national security administration, defense studies or other related discipline from a recognized institution of learning, and must satisfactory passed the necessary training or career courses for such position as may be established by the Jail bureau;

4) Regional Director for Jail Management and Penology and Director of the Directorate of the National Headquarters Office. – Should have the rank of senior superintendent, who must be a graduate of Bachelor of Laws or a holder of a master's degree in management, public administration, public safety, criminology, penology, sociology, national security administration, defense studies or other related discipline from a recognized institution of learning, and must satisfactory passed the necessary training or career courses for such position as may be established by the Jail bureau;

5) Deputy Chief for Administration of the Jail Bureau, Deputy Chief for Operations of the Jail Bureau and Chief of Directorial Staff of the Jail Bureau. – Should have the rank of senior superintendent, who must be a member of the Philippine Bar or a holder of a master's degree in management, public administration, public safety, criminology, penology, sociology, national security administration, defense studies or other related discipline from a recognized institution of learning, and must satisfactory passed the necessary training or career courses for such position as may be established by the Jail bureau; and

6) Chief of the Jail Bureau. – Should have the rank of director, who must be a member of the Philippine Bar or a holder of a master's degree in management, public administration, public safety, criminology, penology, sociology, national security administration, defense studies or other related discipline from a recognized institution of learning, and must satisfactory passed the necessary training or career courses for such position as may be established by the Jail bureau.

Any uniformed personnel of the BFP and the BJMP who is currently occupying such position but lacks any of the qualifications mentioned therein shall be given three(3) years upon the effectivity of this Act to comply with the requirements, otherwise he/she shall be relieved from the position.

SEC. 8. Professionalization and Qualifications Upgrading Program. – The DILG shall design and establish a professionalization and qualifications upgrading program for uniformed personnel of the BFP and the BJMP in coordination with the CSC and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) though an off-campus education program or other similar programs within ninety (90) days from the effectivity of this Act.

SEC. 9. Attrition System for the Uniformed Personnel of the BFP and the BJMP. - There shall be established a system of attrition for the uniformed personnel of the BFP and the BJMP within one (1) year from the effectivty of this Act to be submitted by said bureaus to the DILG for approval. Such attrition system shall include, but is not limited to, the provision of the following principles:

a) Attrition by Demotion in Position or Rank. – Any uniformed personnel of the BFP and the BJMP who is relieved and assigned to a position lower than that is established for his/her grade in the respective staffing pattern of the Fire Bureau and the Jail Bureau, and who shall not be assigned to a position commensurate to his/her grade within two (2) years after such demotion in position shall be separated or retired from the service;

b) Attrition by Non-Promotion. – Any uniformed personnel of the BFP and the BJMP who has not been promoted for a continuous period of ten (10) years shall be separated or retired from the service, except for those who are occupying a third-level position;

c) Attrition by Other Means. – Any uniformed personnel of the BFP and the BJMP with at least five (5) years of accumulated active service shall be separated from the service based on any of the following factors:

1) Inefficiency based on poor performance during the last two (2) successive semestral ratings period;

2) Inefficiency based on poor performance for three (3) cumulative semestral rating period;

3) Physical and/or mental incapacity to perform his/her duties and functions; or

4) Failure to complete the required career courses and/or appropriate civil service eligibility for his/her position except for justifiable; and

d) Separation or Retirement from the Fire Bureau and the Jail Bureau under this Section. – Any personnel who is dismissed from the BFP and the BJMP pursuant to the above-enumerated principles in this Section shall be separated if he/she has rendered less than twenty (20) years of service, and be retired if he/she has rendered at least twenty (20) years of service unless the concerned personnel is disqualified by law to receive such benefits.

SEC. 10. Promotion System for the Uniformed Personnel of the BFP and BJMP. – Within six (6) months after the effectivity of this Act, the DILG shall establish a system of promotion for the uniformed personnel of the BFP and the BJMP though the following principles:

a) Rationalized Promotion System. – The system of promotion shall be based on merits and on the availability of vacant ranks in the BFP and the BJMP staffing pattern. Such system shall be gender-fair so as to ensure that women personnel of the Fire Bureau and the Jail Bureau shall enjoy equal opportunity for promotion as to men;

b) Requirement for Promotion. -

1) Any personnel of the BFP and the BJMP shall not eligible for promotion to a higher rank unless he/she has met the minimum qualification standards or the appropriate civil service eligibility set by the CSC, and has the satisfactorily passed the required psychiatric/psychological, drug and physical test;

2) Any personnel of the BFP and the BJMP who has exhibited act of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk his/her life above and beyond the call of duty, or selected as such in a nationwide search conducted by any accredited civic organization, shall be promoted to the next higher rank,Provided, That these shall be validated by the DILG and the CSC based on established criteria.

SEC. 11. Performance Evaluation System. - There shall be established a performance evaluation system which shall be administered with accordance with the rules, regulations and standards, and a code of conduct for the uniformed personnel of the BFP and the BJMP to be promulgated by the Fire Bureau and the Jail Bureau through the DILG. Such performance evaluation system shall be administered in such a way as to foster the improvement of the individual efficiency and behavioral discipline as well as the promotion of organizational effectiveness and commitment to service.

The rating system as contemplated herein shall be based on standard prescribed by the Fire Bureau and the Jail Bureau through the DILG and shall be consider the result of the annual psychiatric/psychological and physical test conducted on the uniformed personnel of the BFP and the BJMP.

SEC. 12. Standardization of the Base Pay, Retirement and other Benefits of the Uniformed Personnel of the BFP and the BJMP. – In order to enhance the general welfare, commitment to service and professionalism of the uniformed personnel of the BFP and the BJMP, they shall receive the minimum starting salary equivalent to the salary grade level of the corresponding rank classification of their counterparts in the PNP, as provided under Section 36 of Republic Act No. 8551, and in the AFP, as provided under Section 2 of Republic Act No. 9166.

The rate of the base pay of the uniformed personnel of the BFP and the BJMP shall be adjusted in accordance with the following salary grade schedule:

RANK SALARY

GRADE

Fire/Jail Director

28

Fire/Jail Chief Superintendent

27

Fire/Jail Senior Superintendent

26

Fire/Jail Superintendent

25

Fire/Jail Chief Inspector

24

Fire/Jail Senior Inspector

23

Fire/ Jail Inspector

22

Senior Fire/Jail Officer IV

19

Senior Fire/Jail Officer III

18

Senior Fire/Jail Officer II

17

Senior Fire/Jail Officer I

16

Fire/ Jail Officer III

14

Fire/Jail Officer II

12

Fire/Jail Officer I

10

Provided, That all benefits currently receive by the uniformed personnel of the BFP and the BJMP under existing laws shall continue to be received by them: ProvidedFurther, That their retirement pay shall be subject to adjustment/s based on the prevailing scale of base pay of the uniformed personnel in the active service.

SEC. 13. Implementation. – The implementation of this Act shall be undertaken in staggered phases, but not to exceed three (3) years, taking into consideration the financial position of the national government: Provided, That any partial implementation shall be uniform and proportionate for all ranks.

SEC. 14. Implementation Rules and Regulations. – The DILG in coordination with the BFP and the BJMP, the CSC, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and the Department of Finance (DOF) shall, within ninety (90) days from the effectivity of this Act, promulgate the rules and regulations necessary to implement the provision of this Act.

SEC. 15. Annual Report. – The BFP and the BJMP through the DILG and the DBM shall jointly submit to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives an annual report on the implementation of this Act. This report shall include information on the application of the budget for the salary and other benefits provided under this Act. The DBM, in consultation with the BFP and the BJMP though the DILG, shall periodically review and adjust every five (5) years the rates of base pay, taking into consideration labor productivity, consumer price index, oil price and other similar economic indicators as may be determined by the National Economic and Development authority (NEDA).

SEC. 16. Separability Clause.- If any portion or provision of this Act is declared unconstitutional, the same shall not affect the validity and effectivity of the other provisions not affected thereby.

SEC. 17. Repealing Clause. – All laws, decrees, orders, rules and regulations, and other issuances, or parts thereof, which are inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, are hereby deemed repealed, amended or modified accordingly.

SEC. 18. Effectivity. – This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its complete publication in the Official Gazette or in at least two (2) newspapers of general circulation, whichever comes earlier.

 

Approved,

FRANKLIN DRILON
President of the Senate

JOSE DE VENECIA JR.
Speaker of the House of Representatives

This Act which is a consolation of Senate Bill No. 2373 and House Bill No. 6557 was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on January 29, 2004 and February 2, 2004, respectively.

OSCAR G. YABES
Secretary of Senate

ROBERTO P. NAZARENO
Secretary General
House of Represenatives

Approved: March 10, 2004

 

 

EXTENSION OF PROFESSIONALIZATION ACT

REPUBLIC ACT 9592


GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO
President of the Philippines



Republic of the Philippines
Congress of the Philippines

Metro Manila

Fourteenth Congress
Second Regular Session


Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-eighth day of July, two thousand eight.

Republic Act No. 9592             May 08, 2009

AN ACT EXTENDING FOR FIVE (5) YEARS THE REGLEMENTARY PERIOD FOR COMPLYING WITH THE MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION AND APPROPRIATE ELIGIBILITY IN THE BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION (BFP) AND THE BUREAU OF JAIL MANAGEMENT AND PENOLOGY (BJMP), AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE CERTAIN PROVISION OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9263, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE "BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION AND BUREAU OF JAIL MANAGEMENT AND PENOLOGY PROFESSIONALIZATION ACT OF 2004" AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled::

Section 1. - Section 4 of Republic Act No. 9263 is hereby amended to read as follows:

"SEC. 4. Professionalization and Upgrading of Qualification Standards in the Appointment of Uniformed Personnel to the BFP and the BJMP. - No person shall be appointed as uniformed personnel of the BFP and the BJMP unless he/she possesses the following minimum qualifications:

"a) A citizen of the Republic of the Philippines;

"b) A person of good moral character;

"c) Must have passed the psychiatric/psychological, drug and physical tests for the purpose of determining his/her physical and mental health;

"d) Must possess a baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution of learning;

"e) Must possess the appropriate civil service eligibility;

"f) Must not have been dishonorably discharged or dismissed for cause from previous employment;

"g) Must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude;

"h) Must be at least one meter and sixty-two centimeters (1.62 m.) in height for male, and one meter and fifty-seven centimeters (1.57 m.) for female: Provided, That a waiver for height and age requirements shall be automatically granted to applicants belonging to the cultural communities; and

"i) Must weight not more or less than five kilograms (5 kgs.) from the standard weight corresponding to his/her height, age and sex;

"Provided, That a new applicant must not be less than twenty-one (21) nor more than thirty (30) years of age: except for this particular provision, the above-enumerated qualifications shall be continuing in character and an absence of any one of them at any given time shall be a ground for separation or retirement from the service: Provided, further, That the uniformed personnel who are already in the service prior to the effectivity of this Republic Act No. 9263 shall be given another five (5) years to obtain the minimum educational qualification and appropriate civil service eligibility to be reckoned from the date of the effectivity of this act: Provided, furthermore, that concerned BFP and BJMP members who have rendered more than fifteen (15) years of service at the time of the effectivity of this Act shall no longer be required to comply with the aforementioned educational and eligibility requirements. Likewise those personnel who have acquired National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) eligibility prior to the effectivity of Republic Act No. 9263 shall no longer be required to obtain the appropriate civil service eligibility: Provided, finally, That within the five-year extension period stipulated herein, the issue of whether or not the BFP shall be devolved to local government units shall be revisited by Congress, and as circumstances demand, be immediately implemented.

"After the lapse of the time period for the satisfaction of a specific requirement, current uniformed personnel of the BFP and the BJMP who will fail to satisfy any of the requirements enumerated under this Section shall be separated from the service if they are below fifty (50) years of age and have served in the government for less than twenty (20) years, or retired if they are from age fifty (50) and above and have served in the government for at least twenty (20) years without prejudice in either case to the payment of benefits they may be entitled to under existing laws."

Section 2. Section 10 of Republic Act No. 9263 is hereby amended as read as follows:

"SEC. 10. Promotion System for the Uniformed Personnel of the BFP and BJMP. - Within six (6) months after the effectivity of this Act, the DILG shall establish a system of promotion for the uniformed personnel of the BFP and the BJMP though the following principles:

"a) Rationalized Promotion System. - The system of promotion shall be based on merits and on the availability of vacant ranks in the BFP and the BJMP staffing pattern. Such system shall be gender-fair so as to ensure that women personnel of the Fire Bureau and the Jail Bureau shall enjoy equal opportunity for promotion as to men;

"b) Requirement for Promotion. -

"1) Any personnel of the BFP and the BJMP shall not eligible for promotion to a higher rank unless he/she has met the minimum qualification standards or the appropriate civil service eligibility set by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), and has the satisfactorily passed the required psychiatric/psychological, drug and physical test: Provided, however, That concerned BFP and the BJMP personnel who obrained NAPOLCOM eligibility prior to the effectivity of Republic Act No. 9263 shall be considered to have complied with the appropriate civil service eligibility requirement.

"2) Any personnel of the BFP and the BJMP who has exhibited act of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk his/her life above and beyond the call of duty, or selected as such in a nationwide search conducted by any accredited civic organization, shall be promoted to the next higher rank,Provided, That these shall be validated by the DILG and the CSC based on established criteria."

Section 3. Implementing Rules and Regulations. - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), in coordination with the BFP, the BJMP, the CSC and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), shall promulgate within sixty (60) days the necessary rules and regulations for the effective implementation of this Act.

Section 4. Separability Clause. - If for any reason, any provision of this Act is declared to be unconstitutional or invalid, the other sections or provisions hereof which are not affected thereby shall continue to be in full force and effect.

Section 5. Repealing Clause. - All laws, decrees, orders, rules and regulations and other issuances or parts thereof which are inconsistent with this Act are hereby repealed, amended or modified accordingly.

Section 5. Effectivity Clause. - This Act shall take effect upon its publication in at least two (2) national newspapers of general circulation.

Approved,

(Sgd.) PROSPERO C. NOGRALES
Speaker of the House of Representatives

(Sgd.) JUAN PONCE ENRILE
President of the Senate

This Act which is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 3085 and House Bill No. 6000 was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on March 4, 2009 and March 5,2009, respectively.

(Sgd.) MARILYN B. BARUA-YAP
Secretary General
House of Represenatives

(Sgd.) EMMA LIRIO-REYES
Secretary of Senate

Approved: MAY 08, 2009

(Sgd.) GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO
President of the Philippines


 

RA9514

 

Republic of the Philippines
Congress of the Philippines

Metro Manila

Fourteenth Congress
Second Regular Session

 

Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-eight day of July, two thousand eight.

Republic Act No. 9514             December 19, 2008
Repealed PD 1185

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A COMPREHENSIVE FIRE CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES, REPEALING PRESIDENTIAL DECREE NO. 1185 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled::

Section 1. This Act shall be known as the "Revised Fire Code of the Philippines of 2008".

Section 2. It is the policy of the State to ensure public safety and promote economic development through the prevention and suppression of all kinds of destructive fires and promote the professionalization of the fire service as a profession. Towards this end, the State shall enforce all laws, rules and regulations to ensure adherence to standard fire prevention and safety measures, and promote accountability for fire safety in the fire protection service and prevention service.

Section 3. Definition of Terms. - As used in this Fire Code, the following words and phrases shall mean and be construed as indicated:

Abatement - Any act that would remove or neutralize a fire hazard.

Administrator - Any person who acts as agent of the owner and manages the use of a building for him.

Blasting Agent - Any material or mixture consisting of a fuel and oxidizer used to set off explosives.

Cellulose Nitrate Or Nitro Cellulose - A highly combustible and explosive compound produced by the reaction of nitric acid with a cellulose material.

Cellulose Nitrate Plastic (Pyroxylin) - Any plastic substance, materials or compound having cellulose nitrate (nitro cellulose) as base.

Combustible, Flammable or Inflammable - Descriptive of materials that are easily set on fire.

Combustible Fiber - Any readily ignitable and free burning fiber such as cotton, oakum, rags, waste cloth, waste paper, kapok, hay, straw, Spanish moss, excelsior and other similar materials commonly used in commerce.

Combustible Liquid - Any liquid having a flash point at or above 37.8_C (100_F).

Corrosive Liquid - Any liquid which causes fire when in contact with organic matter or with certain chemicals.

Curtain Board - A vertical panel of non-combustible or fire resistive materials attached to and extending below the bottom chord of the roof trusses, to divide the underside of the roof into separate compartments so that heat and smoke will be directed upwards to a roof vent.

Cryogenic - Descriptive of any material which by its nature or as a result of its reaction with other elements produces a rapid drop in temperature of the immediate surroundings.

Damper - A normally open device installed inside an air duct system which automatically closes to restrict the passage of smoke or fire.

Distillation - The process of first raising the temperature in separate the more volatile from the less volatile parts and then cooling and condensing the resulting vapor so as to produce a nearly purified substance.

Duct System - A continuous passageway for the transmission of air.

Dust - A finely powdered substance which, when mixed with air in the proper proportion and ignited will cause an explosion.

Electrical Arc - An extremely hot luminous bridge formed by passage of an electric current across a space between two conductors or terminals due to the incandescence of the conducting vapor.

Ember - A hot piece or lump that remains after a material has partially burned, and is still oxidizing without the manifestation of flames.

Finishes - Materials used as final coating of a surface for ornamental or protective purposes.

Fire - The active principle of burning, characterized by the heat and light of combustion.

Fire Trap - A building unsafe in case of fire because it will burn easily or because it lacks adequate exits or fire escapes.

Fire Alarm - Any visual or audible signal produced by a device or system to warm the occupants of the building or fire fighting elements of the presence or danger of fire to enable them to undertake immediate action to save life and property and to suppress the fire.

Fire Door - A fire resistive door prescribed for openings in fire separation walls or partitions.

Fire Hazard - Any condition or act which increases or may cause an increase in the probability of the occurrence of fire, or which may obstruct, delay, hinder or interfere with fire fighting operations and the safeguarding of life and property.

Fire Lane - The portion of a roadway or publicway that should be kept opened and unobstructed at all times for the expedient operation of fire fighting units.

Fire Protective And Fire Safety Device - Any device intended for the protection of buildings or persons to include but not limited to built-in protection system such as sprinklers and other automatic extinguishing system, detectors for heat, smoke and combustion products and other warning system components, personal protective equipment such as fire blankets, helmets, fire suits, gloves and other garments that may be put on or worn by persons to protect themselves during fire.

Fire Safety Constructions - Refers to design and installation of walls, barriers, doors, windows, vents, means of egress, etc. integral to and incorporated into a building or structure in order to minimize danger to life from fire, smoke, fumes or panic before the building is evacuated. These features are also designed to achieve, among others, safe and rapid evacuation of people through means of egress sealed from smoke or fire, the confinement of fire or smoke in the room or floor of origin and delay their spread to other parts of the building by means of smoke sealed and fire resistant doors, walls and floors. It shall also mean to include the treatment of buildings components or contents with flame retardant chemicals.

Flash Point - The minimum temperature at which any material gives off vapor in sufficient concentration to form an ignitable mixture with air.

Forcing -A process where a piece of metal is heated prior to changing its shape or dimensions.

Fulminate - A kind of stable explosive compound which explodes by percussion.

Hazardous Operation/Process - Any act of manufacturing, fabrication, conversion, etc., that uses or produces materials which are likely to cause fires or explosions.

Horizontal Exit - Passageway from one building to another or through or around a wall in approximately the same floor level.

Hose Box - A box or cabinet where fire hoses, valves and other equipment are stored and arranged for fire fighting.

Hose Reel - A cylindrical device turning on an axis around which a fire hose is wound and connected.

Hypergolic Fuel - A rocket or liquid propellant which consist of combinations of fuels and oxidizers which ignite spontaneously on contact with each other.

Industrial Baking And Drying - The industrial process of subjecting materials to heat for the purpose of removing solvents or moisture from the same, and/or to fuse certain chemical salts to form a uniform glazing the surface of materials being treated.

Jumper - A piece of metal or an electrical conductor used to bypass a safety device in an electrical system.

Occupancy - The purpose for which a building or portion thereof is used or intended to be used.

Occupant - Any person actually occupying and using a building or portions thereof by virtue of a lease contract with the owner or administrator or by permission or sufferance of the latter.

Organic Peroxide - A strong oxidizing organic compound which releases oxygen readily. It causes fire when in contact with combustible materials especially under conditions of high temperature.

Overloading - The use of one or more electrical appliances or devices which draw or consume electrical current beyond the designed capacity of the existing electrical system.

Owner - The person who holds the legal right of possession or title to a building or real property.

Oxidizing Material - A material that readily yields oxygen in quantities sufficient to stimulate or support combustion.

Pressurized Or Forced Draft Burning Equipment - Type or burner where the fuel is subjected to pressure prior to discharge into the combustion chamber and/or which includes fans or other provisions for the introduction of air at above normal atmosphere pressure into the same combustion chamber.

Public Assembly Building - Any building or structure where fifty (50) or more people congregate, gather, or assemble for any purpose.

Public Way - Any street, alley or other strip of land unobstructed from the ground to the sky, deeded, dedicated or otherwise permanently appropriated for public use.

Pyrophoric - Descriptive of any substance that ignites spontaneously when exposed to air.

Refining - A process where impurities and/or deleterious materials are removed from a mixture in order to produce a pure element of compound. It shall also refer to partial distillation and electrolysis.

Self-Closing Doors - Automatic closing doors that are designed to confine smoke and heat and delay the spread of fire.

Smelting - Melting or fusing of metallic ores or compounds so as to separate impurities from pure metals.

Sprinkler System - An integrated network of hydraulically designed piping installed in a building, structure or area with outlets arranged in a systematic pattern which automatically discharges water when activated by heat or combustion products from a fire.

Standpipe System - A system of vertical pipes in a building to which fire hoses can be attached on each floor, including a system by which water is made available to the outlets as needed.

Vestibule - A passage hall or antechamber between the outer doors and the interior parts of a house or building.

Vertical Shaft - An enclosed vertical space of passage that extends from floor to floor, as well as from the base to the top of the building.

Section 4. Applicability of The Code. - The provisions of the Fire Code shall apply to all persons and all private and public buildings, facilities or structures erected or constructed before and after its effectivity.

Section 5. Responsibility for the Enforcement of this Code. - This Code shall be administered and enforced by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), under the direct supervision and control of the Chief of the Bureau of Fire Protection, through the hierarchy of organization as provided for in Chapter VI of Republic Act No. 6975. with the approval of the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the BFP, is hereby authorized to:

a. Issue implementing rules and regulations, and prescribe standards, schedules of fees/fire service charges and administrative penalties therefore as provided in the pertinent provisions of this Code;

b. Reorganize the BFP as may be necessary and appropriate;

c. Support and assist fire volunteers, practitioners and fire volunteer organizations in the country who shall undergo mandatory fire suppression, inspection, rescue, emergency medical services and related emergency response trainings and competency evaluations to be conducted by the BFP. In the case of the Fire practitiones, they shall undergo mandatory continuous professional education and competency evaluation of their expertise, knowledge and skills in the area of fire science, engineering and technology to be conducted by the BFP;

The BFP may enter into external party agreements for the conduct of training, education and evaluation of fire volunteers, practitioners and fire volunteer organizations, which shall be under the full control and supervision of the BFP: Providedhowever, That during firefighting operations, fire volunteer organizations shall be under the direct operational control of the fire ground commanders of the BFP;

d. Enter into long term agreement, either through public biddings or negotiations in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act No. 9184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act of 2003, for the acquisition of fire prevention, fire protection and fire fighting investigation, rescue, paramedics, hazardous material handling equipment, supplies, materials and related technical services necessary for the fire services;

e. Enter into Memoranda of Agreement with other departments, bureaus, agencies, offices and corporations of the government, as well as private institutions, in order to define areas of cooperation and coordination and delineate responsibility on fire prevention education, fire safety, fire prevention, fire suppression and other matters of common concern;

f. Call on the police, other law enforcement agencies, and local government assistance to render necessary assistance in the enforcement of this Code;

g. Designate a fire safety inspector through his/her duly authorized representative, who shall conduct an inspection of every building or structure within his area of responsibility at least once a year and every time the owner, administrator or occupant shall renew his/her business permit or permit to operate;

No occupancy permit, business or permit to operate shall be issued without securing a Fire Safety Inspection Certification (FSIC) from the Chief, BFP, or his/her duly authorized representative;

h. Inspect at reasonable time, any building, structure, installation or premises for dangerous or hazardous conditions or materials as set forth in this Code, provided that in case of single family dwelling, an inspection must be upon the consent of the occupant or upon lawful order from the proper court. The Chief, BFP or his/her duly authorized representative shall order the owner/occupant to remove hazardous materials and/or stop hazardous operation/process in accordance with the standards set by this Code or its implementing rules or regulations or other pertinent laws;

i. Where conditions exist and are deemed hazardous to life and property, to order the owner/occupant of any building or structure to summarily abate such hazardous conditions;

j. Require the building owner/occupant to submit plans and specifications, and other pertinent documents of said building to ensure compliance with applicable codes and standards; and

k. Issue a written notice to the owner and/or contractor to stop work on portion of any work due to absence, or in violation of approved plans and specifications, permit and/or clearance or certification as approved by the Chief, BFP or his/her duly authorized representative. The notice shall state the nature of the violation and no work shall be continued on that portion until the violation has been corrected.

Section 6. Technical Staff. - The Chief, BFP shall constitute a technical staff of highly qualified persons who are knowledgeable on fire prevention, fire safety, and fire suppression. They may be drawn not only from the organic members of the BFP and other government offices and agencies, but also from other sources. In the latter case, they will either be appointed into the service or hired as consultants in accordance with law. The technical staff shall study, review and evaluate latest developments and standards on fire technology; prepare plans/programs on fire safety, prevention and suppression and evaluate implementation thereof; develop programs on the professionalization of the fire service; coordinate with appropriate government and private institutions for the offering of college courses on fire technology and fire protection engineering; propose amendments to the Fire Code; advise the Chief, BFP on any matter brought to his attention; and perform such other functions as directed on any matter brought to his attention and perform such other functions as directed by higher authorities.

Section 7. Inspections, Safety Measures, Fire Safety, Constructions, and Protective and/or Warning Systems. - As may be defined and provided in the Rules and Regulations, owners, administrators or occupants of buildings, structures and their premises or facilities and other responsible persons shall be required to comply with the following, as may be appropriate:

a. Inspection Requirement - A fire safety inspection shall be conducted by the Chief, BFP or his duly authorized representative as prerequisite to the grants of permits and/or licenses by local governments and other government agencies concerned, for the:

(1) Use or occupancy of buildings, structures, facilities or their premises including the installation or fire protection and fire safety equipment, and electrical system in any building structure or facility; and

(2) Storage, handling and/or use of explosives or of combustible, flammable, toxic and other hazardous materials;

b. Safety Measures for Hazardous Materials - Fire safety measures shall be required for the manufacture, storage, handling and/or use of hazardous materials involving:

(1) cellulose nitrate plastic of any kind;

(2) combustible fibers;

(3) cellular materials such as foam, rubber, sponge rubber and plastic foam;

(4) flammable and combustible liquids or gases of any classification;

(5) flammable paints, varnishes, stains and organic coatings;

(6) high-piled or widely spread combustible stock;

(7) metallic magnesium in any form;

(8) corrosive liquids, oxidizing materials, organic peroxide, nitromethane, ammonium nitrate, or any amount of highly toxic, pyrophoric, hypergolic, or cryogenic materials or poisonous gases as well as material compounds which when exposed to heat or flame become a fire conductor, or generate excessive smoke or toxic gases;

(9) blasting agents, explosives and special industrial explosive materials, blasting caps, black powder, liquid nitro-glycerine, dynamite, nitro cellulose, fulminates of any kind, and plastic explosives containing ammonium salt or chlorate;

(10) fireworks materials of any kind or form;

(11) matches in commercial quantities;

(12) hot ashes, live coals and embers;

(13) mineral, vegetable or animal oils and other derivatives/by products;

(14) combustible waste materials for recycling or resale;

(15) explosive dusts and vapors; and

(16) agriculture, forest, marine or mineral products which may undergo spontaneous combustion.

(17) any other substance with potential to cause harm to persons, property or the environment because of one or more of the following: a) The chemical properties of the substance; b) The physical properties of the substance; c) The biological properties of the substance. Without limiting the definition of hazardous material, all dangerous goods, combustible liquids and chemicals are hazardous materials.

c. Safety Measures for Hazardous Operation/Processes - Fire Safety measures shall be required for the following hazardous operation/processes:

(1) welding or soldering;

(2) industrial baking and drying;

(3) waste disposal;

(4) pressurized/forced-draft burning equipment;

(5) smelting and forging;

(6) motion picture projection using electrical arc lamps;

(7) refining, distillation and solvent extraction; and

(8) such other operations or processes as may hereafter be prescribed in the Rules and Regulations.

d. Provision on Fire Safety Construction, Protective and Warning System - Owners, occupants or administrator or buildings, structures and their premises or facilities, except such other buildings or structures as may be exempted in the rules and regulations to be promulgated under Section 5 hereof, shall incorporate and provide therein fire safety construction, protective and warning system, and shall develop and implement fire safety programs, to wit:

(1) Fire protection features such as sprinkler systems, hose boxes, hose reels or standpipe systems and other fire fighting equipment;

(2) Fire Alarm systems;

(3) Fire walls to separate adjoining buildings, or warehouses and storage areas from other occupancies in the same building;

(4) Provisions for confining the fire at its source such as fire resistive floors and walls extending up to the next floor slab or roof, curtain boards and other fire containing or stopping components;

(5) Termination of all exits in an area affording safe passage to a public way or safe dispersal area;

(6) Stairway, vertical shafts, horizontal exits and other means of egress sealed from smoke and heat;

(7) A fire exit plan for each floor of the building showing the routes from each other room to appropriate exits, displayed prominently on the door of such room;

(8) Self-closing fire resistive doors leading to corridors;

(9) Fire dampers in centralized airconditioning ducts;

(10) Roof vents for use by fire fighters; and

(11) Properly marked and lighted exits with provision for emergency lights to adequately illuminate exit ways in case of power failure.

Section 8. Prohibited Acts. - The following are declared as prohibited act and omission.

(a) Obstructing or blocking the exit ways or across to buildings clearly marked for fire safety purposes, such as but not limited to aisles in interior rooms, any part of stairways, hallways, corridors, vestibules, balconies or bridges leading to a stairway or exit of any kind, or tolerating or allowing said violations;

(b) Constructing gates, entrances and walkways to buildings components and yards which obstruct the orderly and easy passage of fire fighting vehicles and equipment;

(c) Prevention, interference or obstruction of any operation of the Fire Service, or of duly organized and authorized fire brigades;

(d) Obstructing designated fire lanes or access to fire hydrants;

(e) Overcrowding or admission of persons beyond the authorized capacity in movie houses, theaters, coliseums, auditoriums or other public assembly buildings, except in other assembly areas on the ground floor with open sides or open doors sufficient to provide safe exits;

(f) Locking fire exits during period when people are inside the building;

(g) Prevention or obstruction of the automatic closure of fire doors or smoke partitions or dampers;

(h) Use of fire protective of fire fighting equipment of the fire service other than for fire fighting except in other emergencies where their use are justified;

(i) Giving false or malicious fire alarms;

(j) Smoking in prohibited areas as may be determined by fire service, or throwing of cigars, cigarettes, burning objects in places which may start or cause fire;

(k) Abandoning or leaving a building or structure by the occupant or owner without appropriate safety measures;

(l) Removing. destroying, tampering or obliterating any authorized mark, seal, sign or tag posted or required by the fire service for fire safety in any building, structure or processing equipment; and

(m) Use of jumpers or tampering with electrical wiring or overloading the electrical system beyond its designated capacity or such other practices that would tend to undermine the fire safety features of the electrical system.

Section 9. Violation, Penalties and Abatement of Fire Hazard. - Fire hazards shall be abated immediately. The Chief, BFP or his/her duly authorized representative, upon the report that a violation of this Code or other pertinent laws, rules and regulations is being committed, shall issue notice/order to comply to the owner, administrator, occupant or other person responsible for the condition of the building or structure, indicating among other things, the period within which compliance shall be effected, which shall be within ten (10) to fifteen (15) days after the receipt of the notice/order, depending on the reasonableness to adequately comply with the same.

If, after the lapse of the aforesaid period, the owner, administrator, occupant or other responsible person failed to comply, the Chief, BFP or his/her authorized representative shall put up a sign in front of the building or structure that it is fire hazard. Specifically, the notice shall bear the words "WARNING: THIS BUILDING/STRUCTURE IS A FIRE HAZARD", which shall remain posted until such time that the owner, administrator, occupant or other person responsible for the condition of the building, structure and their premises or facilities abate the same, but such period shall not exceed fifteen (15) days from the lapse of the initial period given in the notice/order to comply.

Finally, with the failure of the owner, administrator, occupant or other person responsible for the condition of the building, structure and their premises or facilities to comply within the period specified above, the Chief, BFP may issue order for such abatement. If the owner, administrator or occupant of buildings, structure and their premises or facilities does not abate the same within the period fixed in said order, the building, structure, premises or facilities shall be ordered closed by the Chief, BFP or his/her duly authorized representative notwithstanding any permit clearance or certificate earlier issued by the local authorities.

Any building or structure assessed and declared by the chief, BFP or his/her duly authorized representative as a firetrap on account of the gravity or palpability of the violation or is causing clear and present imminent fire danger to adjoining establishments and habitations shall be declared a public nuisance, as defined in the Civil Code of the Philippines in a notice to be issued to the owner, administrator, occupant or other person responsible for the condition of the building, structure and their premises or facilities. If the assessed value of the nuisance or the amount to be spent in abating the same is not more than One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00), the owner, administrator or occupant thereof shall abate the hazard within fifteen (15) days, or if the assessed value is more than One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00), within thirty (30) days from receipt of the order declaring said building or structure a public nuisance; otherwise, the Chief, BFP or his/her duly authorized representative shall forthwith cause its summary abatement. failure to comply within five (5) days from the receipt of the notice shall cause the Chief, BFP or his/her duly authorized representative to put up a sign in front of the building or structure, at or near the entrance of such premises, notifying the public that such building or structure is a "FIRETRAP", which shall remain until the owner, administrator, occupant or other person responsible for the condition of the building, structure and their premises or facilities abate the same within the specified period.

Summary abatement as used herein shall mean all corrective measures undertaken to abate hazards which shall include, but not limited to remodeling, repairing, strengthening, reconstructing, removal and demolition, either partial or total, of the building or structure. The expenses incurred by the government for such summary abatement shall be borne by the owner, administrator or occupant. These expenses shall constitute a prior lien upon such property.

Section 10. Enforcement of The Lien. - If the owner, administrator or occupant fails to reimburse the government of the expenses incurred in the summary abatement within ninety (90) days from the completion of such abatement, the building or structure shall be sold at public auction in accordance with existing laws and rules. No property subject of lien under Section 9 hereof, may be sold at a price lower than the abatement expenses incurred by the government. The property shall be forfeited in favor of the government if the highest bid is not at least equal to the abatement expenses.

Section 11. Penalties. -

1. Against the private individual:

a) Administrative fine - Any person who violates any provision of the Fire Code or any of the rules and regulations promulgated under this Act shall be penalized by an administrative fine of not exceeding Fifty thousand (P50,000.00) pesos or in the proper case, by stoppage of operations or by closure of such buildings, structures and their premises or facilities which do not comply with the requirements or by both such administrative fine and closure/stoppage of operation to be imposed by the Chief, BFP.Provided, That the payment of the fine, stoppage of operations and/or closure of such buildings, structures, and their premises or facilities shall not absolve the violator from correcting the deficiency or abating the fire hazard. The decision of the Chief, BFP, under this subsection, may be appealed to the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government. Unless ordered by the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government the appeal shall not stay the execution of the order of the Chief, BFP. The decision of the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government shall be final and executory.

(b) Punitive - In case of willful failure to correct the deficiency or abate the fire hazard as provided in the preceding subsection, the violator shall, upon conviction, be punished by imprisonment of not less than six (6) months nor more than six (6) years, or by a fine of not more than One hundred thousand (P100,000.00) pesos or both such fine and imprisonment; Provided, however, that in case of a corporation, firm, partnership or association, the fine and/or imprisonment shall be imposed upon its officials responsible for such violation, and in case the guilty party is an alien, in addition to the penalties herein prescribed, he shall immediately be deported; Providedfinally, that were the violation is attended by injury, loss of life and/or damage to property, the violator shall be proceeded against under the applicable provisions of the Revised Penal Code.

Any person who, without authority, maliciously removes the sign that a building or structure is a fire hazard/firetrap placed by the authorized person in this Code shall be liable for imprisonment for thirty (30) days or a fine not exceeding One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) or both in the discretion of the court.

Any person, who disobeys the lawful order of the fire ground commander during a firefighting operation shall be penalized with imprisonment of one (1) day to thirty (30) days and a fine of five thousand pesos (P5,000.00).

2. Against the public officer/employee

a) Administrative - The following acts or omissions shall render the public officer/employee in charge of the enforcement of this Code, its implementing rules and regulation and other pertinent laws, administratively liable, and shall be punished by reprimand, suspension or removal in the discretion of the disciplining authority, depending on the gravity of the offense and without prejudice to the provisions of other applicable laws:

(1) Unjustified failure of the public officer/employee to conduct inspection of buildings or structures at least once a year;

(2) Deliberate failure to put up a sign in front of the building or structure within his/her area of responsibility found to be violating this Code, its implementing rules and regulations and other pertinent laws, that the same is a "FIRE HAZARD" or a "FIRETRAP";

(3) Endorsing to the Chief, BFP or his/her duly authorized representative for the certification, or submitting a report that the building or structure complies with the standards set by this Code, its implementing rules or regulations or other pertinent laws when the same is contrary to fact;

(4) Issuance or renewal of occupancy or business permit without the fire safety inspection certificate issued by the Chief, BFP or his/her duly authorized representative;

(5) Failure to cancel the occupancy or business permit after the owner, administrator, occupant or other person responsible for the condition of the building, structure and other premises failed to comply with the notice/order for compliance with the standards set by this Code, its implementing rules and regulations and other pertinent laws, within the specified period;

(6) Failure to abate a public nuisance within fifteen (15) days after the owner, administrator, occupant or other responsible person failed to abate the same within the period contained in the notice to abate;

(7) Abusing his/her authority in the performance of his/her duty through acts of corruption and other unethical practices; or

(8) Other willful impropriety or gross negligence in the performance of his/her duty as provided in this act or its implementing rules and regulations.

b) Punitive - In the case of willful violation involving the abovementioned acts or omissions enumerated under Section 11 subparagraph 2(A) the public officer/employees shall, upon conviction, be punished by imprisonment of not less than six (6) months nor more than six (6) years or by a fine of not more than One hundred thousand (P100,000.00) or both such fine and imprisonment:Provided, That where the violation is attended by injury, loss of life and/or property, the violator shall be proceeded against under the applicable provisions of the Revised Penal Code.

Section 12. Appropriation and Sources of Income. -

(a) To support the manpower, infrastructure and equipment needs of the fire service of the BFP, such amount as may be necessary to attain the objectives of the Fire Code shall be appropriated and included in the annual appropriation of the BFP.

(b) To partially provide for the funding of the fire service the following taxes and fees which shall accrue to the General Fund of the National Government, are hereby imposed:

(1) Fees to be charged for the issuance of certificates, permits and licenses as provided for in Section 7 (a) hereof;

(2) One-tenth of one per centum (0.1%) of the verified estimated value of buildings or structures to be erected, from the owner thereof, but not to exceed fifty thousand (P50,000.00) pesos, one half to be paid prior to the issuance of the building permit, and the balance, after final inspection and prior to the issuance of the use and occupancy permit;

(3) One-hundredth of one per centum (0.10%) of the assessed value of buildings or structures annually payable upon payment of the real estate tax, except on structures used as single family dwellings;

(4) Two per centum (2%) of all premiums, excluding re-insurance premiums for the sale of fire, earthquake and explosion hazard insurance collected by companies, persons or agents licensed to sell such insurances in the Philippines;

(5) Two per centum (2%) of gross sales of companies, persons or agents selling fire fighting equipment, appliances or devices, including hazard detection and warning systems; and

(6) Two per centum (2%) of the service fees received from fire, earthquake, and explosion hazard reinsurance surveys and post loss service of insurance adjustment companies doing business in the Philippines directly through agents.

Section 13. Collection of Taxes, Fees and Fines. - All taxes, fees and fines provided in this Code, shall be collected by the BFP. Provided, That twenty percent (20%) of such collection shall be set aside and retained for use by the city or municipal government concerned, which shall appropriate the same exclusive for the use of the operation and maintenance of its local fire station, including the construction and repair of fire station: Provided,further, That the remaining eighty (80%) shall be remitted to the National Treasury under a trust fund assigned for the modernization of the BFP.

"Sec. 13-A. Assessment of Fire Code Taxes, Fees and Fines. - The assessment of fire code taxes, fees and fines is vested upon the BFP. The BFP shall, subject to the approval of the DILG, prescribe the procedural rules for such purpose.

Sec. 13-B. Collection and Assessment of Local Taxes, Fees and Fines. - The collection and assessment of taxes, fees and fines as prescribed in the Local Government Code, except those contained in this Code, shall be function of the concerned local government units.

Sec. 13-C. Use of Income Generated from the Enforcement of the Fire Code. - The Chief, BFP is authorized, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government, to use the income generated under the Fire Code for procurement of fire protection and fire fighting investigation, rescue, paramedics, supplies and materials, and related technical services necessary for the fire service and the improvement of facilites of the Bureau of Fire Protection and abatement of fire hazards.

The BFP shall determine the optimal number of equipment, including, but not limited to, fire trucks and fire hydrants, required by every local government unit for the proper delivery of fire protection services in its jurisdiction.

In the procurement of fire fighting and investigation supplies and materials, the Bureau of Product Standards of the Department of Trade and Industry shall evaluate, determine and certify if the supply to procured conforms to the product standards fixed by the BFP. For this purpose, the BFP shall submit to the Bureau of Product Standards a detailed set of product standards that must be complied with in the procurement of fire fighting and investigation supplies and materials within six (6) months from the effectivity of this act.

Sec. 13-D. Monitoring the Implementation of the Fire Code and the Amount of the Fees Collected. - The Chief, BFP shall, within six (6) month from the effectivity of this Code, submit to the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government for his/her approval, a management tool or mechanism that would ensure effective monitoring of the enforcement of the Fire Code to include the amount of Fire Code fees collected.

Section 14. Within sixty (60) days from the effectivity of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government shall issue the rules and regulations for its effective implementation.

Section 15. Presidential Decree No 1185 is hereby repealed. All laws, presidential decrees, letters of instructions, executive orders, rules and regulations insofar as they are inconsistent with this Act, are hereby repealed or amended as the case may be.

Section 16. In case any provision of this Act or any portion thereof is declared unconstitutional by a competent court, other provisions shall not be affected thereby.

Section 17. This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in two (2) national newspapers of general circulation.

Approved

 

(Sgd.) PROSPERO C. NOGRALES
Speaker of the House of Representative

(Sgd.) MANNY VILLAR
President of the Senate

 

This Act which is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 2553 and House Bill No. 4115 was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representative on October 6, 2008 and October 8, 2008, respectively.

 

(Sgd.) MARILYN B. BARUA-YAP
Secretary General
House of Representative

(Sgd.) EMMA LIRIO-REYES
Secretary of the Senate

Approved: DEC 19, 2008

(Sgd.) GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO
President of the Philippines


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No person shall be appointed as uniformed personnel of the BFP unless he/she

possesses the following minimum qualifications:

  • A citizen of the Republic of the Philippines;
  • A person of good moral character;
  • Must have passed the psychiatric/psychological, drug and physical test for the purpose of determining his/her physical and mental health;
  • Must possess a baccalaureate degree from recognized institution of learning;
  • Must possess the appropriate civil service eligibility;
  • Must not have been dishonorably discharged of dismissal for cause from previous employment;
  • Must not have been convicted by final judgement of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude;
  • Must be at least one meter and sixty-two centimeters (1.62 m.) in height for male, and one meter and fifty-seven centimeters (1.57 m.) for female: Provided, That a waiver for height and age requirement \s shall be automatically granted to applicants belonging to the cultural communities; and
  • Must weigh not more or less than five kilograms (5 kgs.) from the standard weight corresponding to his/her height, age and sex;

 

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FACTORS THE AFFECTS PROMPT RESPONSES


1.   FAILURE OF THE INFORMANT TO PROVIDE ALL NEEDED INFORMATION ASKED BY THE                RADIO OPERATOR

2.   TERRAIN OF THE AREAS ENROUTE TO THE FIRE SCENE LOCATION.

3.   CONDITION OF ROADS TO THE FIRE SCENE LOCATION

4.   DISTANCE FROM THE FIRE OFFICE TO FIRE SCENE.

4.   ENROUTE NATURAL AND HUMAN MADE OBSTRUCTIONS.

5.   FAILURE IN THE PART OF THE BRGY. OFFICIALS & NEIGHBORS, TO PROVIDE PERSON,             TO PROPERLY GUIDE THE RESPONDING TEAM, TO THE EXACT FIRE SCENE LOCATION.

6.   ENROUTE UNPROJECTED ACCIDENTS.

7.   MECHANICAL PROBLEMS, CONSIDERING THE FIRE TRUCK'S SERVICE LIFE.