DAGUPAN CITY – In keeping with the Clean and Safe City program, Dagupan City, in partnership with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), conducted the first-ever Fire Safety Summit attended by engineers, architects, business owners and traders at the city museum on March 27.

City Fire Marshal Chief Inspector Georgian DM Pascua disclosed that the summit was aimed at informing the public on the requirements of the fire code of the country which, he said, “only a few people are yet aware of.”

“We want to familiarize them with the requirements so that they will not spend more time and money preparing documents that are not supposed to be included,” said Pascua.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez hailed the summit, saying that this is one of the serious efforts to put everyone’s acts together and stave off the threats of destruction to lives and property.

“We are fortunate that agencies of government and our fellow workers have come together to make sure that our city is a community that is safe for everyone to live, to study, to do business and to raise a family,” said Fernandez.

The year 2018 has been earlier declared by Fernandez as Year of the Family in the City of Dagupan. She encouraged everyone to work together as one family to ensure that the nest and cradle of a happy and strong family, the homes, and businesses, are prepared to ensure the safety of everyone, every woman, and child.

“We shall not leave our fate and our security to chance,” declared Fernandez.

She said the city had been through many challenges, both natural and man-made, but the people have demonstrated their resolve time and time again that made the city strong and capable of always rising from these challenges, like earthquakes, typhoons, floods, fires and other occurrences.

“In all our past experiences in dealing with these elements, our city has altogether learned a way of life of preparedness and a culture of safety,” said Fernandez.

Among the topics discussed during the summit were Rule 10 of Republic Act 9514 which deals on the fire safety measures and processing of Fire Safety Inspection Certificate for occupancy; building permit and occupancy permit processing; and business permit processing. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/March 27, 2018)