The observance of Fire Prevention Month is based on Presidential Proclamation No. 115-A, signed by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos, and Proclamation No. 360 in 1986, which designates March as a time to raise awareness and promote fire safety throughout the country. Considering an alarmingly number of fires across the country during this particular time of year. The theme for this year’s observance is “Sa Pag-iwas sa Sunog, Hindi Ka Nag-iisa” which emphasizes the importance of collective effort in preventing fires and ensuring the safety of the community they serve.

In the framework of the Gender and Development (GAD), a lecture on fire prevention was conducted at the Motorpool of Zone 6, Bangued, Abra. An important purpose of this activity is to educate and prepare employees (both male and female) for any fire related incidents that may arise. The lecture was organized by the Bureau of Fire Protection of the municipality of Bangued, headed by INSP Edralin Dadwin Cabacungan. By developing the Women employees’ perspective on the district’s role as an indispensable support agency in firefighting, it is important for them to acquire knowledge to raise their awareness to be prepared if the need arises. We recognize that men often play a dominant role in fire safety, but it is also essential to ensure that women have an equal voice in shaping fire safety measures. As of today, the Metro Bangued Water District’s 5 active hydrants is accessed by the entire BFP – Abra in case of emergency.

The fire prevention month seminar was a success, with the employees showing great interest and participation. The seminar was able to educate and raise awareness among Metro Bangued Water Districts’ employees on the importance of fire prevention and preparedness measures. The seminar also highlighted the need to incorporate gender responsive strategies in the districts fire prevention plan to ensure the safety and protection of both employees and concessionaires. The seminar significantly contributed to the Metro Bangued Water District’s Gender and Development Plan which aims to promote gender equality and empower women in the community, by integrating GAD activities, employees can gain knowledge and skills especially women who plays a crucial role in community, as they are often the primary caregivers and decision makers in their households. By getting involved in fire safety activities and discussions, they can contribute their perspectives and experiences, which can lead to more effective and inclusive strategies. Involving women to enhance awareness and active participation in the enforcement and/or conduct of quick responses in cases of emergencies. Kung kaya ni Juan…. Si Juana ‘di pahuhuli!