The fire safety inspection of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) here already inspected 22 public schools in the city from May 10 to June 22.
The inspection is part of the BFP’s Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) activities to ensure that the opening of classes will be free from fire incidents as per memorandum circular from the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
“We intend to complete the inspection of all public schools in the city by July,” said FO2 Marlon Garbo, BFP–Roxas City Public Information Officer.
Garbo said that the inspection team reached far places like Olotayan to conduct orientation and in some cases fire and earthquake drills to heighten the awareness of students and school faculty on what to do during emergency situations.
Aside from Olotayan, the other schools that were inspected include elementary schools of Culasi, Baybay, Cogon, Punta Cogon, Dumolog, Inzo Arnaldo, President Manuel Roxas Memorial School (North and South), Plaridel (East and West), Punta Tabuc, Katipunan Village, Lawaan, Mongpong, Culajao, Tanza and Don Inocencio del Rosario.
Public secondary schools of Culasi, Dumolog, Don Inocencio del Rosario and Tanque had also been inspected.
“We also identify possible evacuation area in every school,” Garbo said, adding that the orientation also includes the basics on fire safety and familiarization on the use of fire extinghuisher, among others.
School administrators were thankful for the initiative in the OBE campaign.
However, Garbo revealed all schools must be braced with a periodic fire safety orientation and drill as a Department of Education (DepEd) memorandum circular has been issued for the conduct of the activity on a quarterly basis.