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Duterte to firefighters: Ensure corrupt-free inspections

Francis Wakefield

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Pres. Duterte (middle) looks at a brand new fire truck for BFP on Tuesday, 11 February 2020. (Yummie Dingding)

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday called on members of the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) to step up their anti-corruption efforts by ensuring corrupt-free fire safety inspections and issuance of clearance to business establishments.

The Chief Executive made the remark after he led the turnover of newly-acquired fire trucks to the BFP in front of the Lapu-Lapu Grandstand in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

In January, BFP Director Jose Embang Jr. vowed to eradicate corruption and malpractices in the bureau by the automating frontline services to minimize physical contact with the client and speeding up transactions.

Meanwhile, the President said the government fully supports the bureau in ensuring public safety by saving lives and protecting properties.

“I hope that with these fire trucks, the BFP will become more capable and effective in ensuring the safety of our communities and industries,” Duterte said.

“The firetrucks will be distributed to the cities and municipalities nationwide to boost the disaster response capability in line with its (BFP) mandate to save lives and properties,” Embang said.

 

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