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Cops, fire, jail personnel on full alert for Holy Week 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:44 AM

'Criminals do not rest, so the DILG and its attached agencies must not rest as well,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, who has raised the alert status of the agencies

HOLY WEEK DRILL. Members of the Manila Police District participate in a drill in Intramuros, Manila, on April 4, 2019, in preparation for Holy Week. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Build Malay fire station now, town execs urge BFP

Dec 25, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Malay is one of municipalities in Aklan province without a fire station

TWO DISTRICTS. The Senate passes the bill that will split the province of Aklan into 2 legislative districts.

WATCH: Gov't simulates terror attack, hostage-taking in Boracay

Apr 24, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Inter-agency teams, led by the Philippine National Police, rehearse how they would respond to potential 'threats' during Boracay's closure

FACE OFF. Local police and protesters face head on in one of the simulations rehearsed at Boracay Island on April 24, 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Fire out at Manila Pavilion after 25 hours

Mar 19, 2018 - 3:45 PM

The death toll from the blaze stands at 5, with 24 others injured

FIRE OUT. The Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino is engulfed in thick smoke as firefighters battle a Task Force Bravo blaze during through the hotel at the corner of Maria Orosa and U.N. Avenue in Manila on March 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sprinklers didn't work during Manila Pavilion fire, firefighters say

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:15 PM

The fire would have been put out earlier if the sprinklers worked, says Manila disaster risk reduction and management chief Johnny Yu

NO SPRINKLERS? The Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino is engulfed in thick smoke as firefighters battle a Task Force Bravo blaze during through the hotel at the corner of Maria Orosa and U.N. Avenue in Manila on March 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

3 killed, 23 injured in Manila Pavilion fire

Mar 18, 2018 - 10:56 AM

(4th UPDATE) Authorities revise the death toll from 4 to 3, saying that one of the victims has been revived

5TH ALARM. Thick smoke engulfs Manila Pavilion as the fire reached 5th alarm on March 18, 2018. Photo by Stacy de Jesus/Rappler

DILG: Bureau of Fire officials to be charged over Davao mall fire

Mar 14, 2018 - 2:39 PM

'Our lawyers are now readying the complaints to be filed against them,' says Interior Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya

MALL FIRE. Firefighters try to contain the fire that hit the NCCC Mall in Davao City on December 23, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

UP Shopping Center compliant with fire regulations – chancellor

Mar 08, 2018 - 7:45 PM

UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan says safety measures were in place for the UP Shopping Center, also pointing out that it had just been renovated in 2017

COMPLIANT? UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan speaks to reporters near the UP Shopping Center. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Inside the UP Shopping Center after the fire

Mar 08, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Rappler takes a look inside the University of the Philippines Shopping Center following the blaze on Thursday, March 8

TORCHED. UP Shopping Center was burned from the inside on Thursday, March 8 with authorities suspecting the fire to come from its ceiling wirings. All photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

P500,000 worth of damage in UP Shopping Center fire – BFP

Mar 08, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The UP Shopping Center housed businesses that sold food and various merchandise or offered printing and photocopying services

TORCHED. The aisle of the UP Shopping Center. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

LOOK: Mount Pulag torched, portable burner found left behind

Jan 22, 2018 - 10:38 PM

Around 1.5 hectares of grassland was completely blackened by the fire

TORCHED. Mount Pulag has been closed off from hikers after a grassland fire. BFP photos

Iwas Paputok also means a fire-free New Year celebration – BFP

Dec 30, 2017 - 6:51 PM

The Bureau of Fire Protection urges the public to strictly observe safety measures to prevent fire incidents in welcoming 2018

BFP REMINDER. BFP-NCR Pasig firefighters distribute fire-safety leaflets in the community. Photo grabbed from BFP-NCR Pasig Fire Station facebook

36 bodies found inside Davao City mall

Dec 25, 2017 - 6:33 PM

(UPDATED) At least 36 lifeless bodies are found inside the NCCC Mall, authorities announce on Christmas Day. 'Our deepest apologies, we were not able to save them,' says Davao City BFP Director Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tiu.

Photo by SAP Bong Go

LIST: Hotlines, social media accounts during emergencies

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Bookmark this page for a handy list of emergency hotlines you can call or text, plus Facebook and Twitter accounts to contact

Duterte confers Order of Lapu-Lapu to 104 PNP, BFP, BJMP personnel

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:48 AM

Out of the 104, 99 are cops who where deployed to Marawi

RECOGNITION. Duterte marches for the PNP's service anniversary. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LGU, NGOs step up relief efforts for displaced families in Zamboanga

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:24 PM

At least 3,666 families with 18,330 dependents in 17 coastal barangays are displaced due to the massive floods and storm surge in Zamboanga City

Palace endorses DBM resolution on pay hike for police, soldiers

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:41 PM

A Police Officer 1 can enjoy a 100% increase – from the current P14,834 base pay to P29,668 – should the resolution be signed by both houses of Congress

SALUTE. In this file photo, President Duterte visits the wake of slain Captain Clinton Capio at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio on January 16, 2017. File photo courtesy of Malacañang

Fire hits homes near Malacañang Palace

Aug 16, 2017 - 1:30 PM

UPDATED A fire breaks out in the San Miguel residential district surrounding Malacañang Palace in Manila leaving around 400 families homeless

Fire incidents down by half in Duterte's first year – BFP

Aug 05, 2017 - 2:22 PM

From almost 27 000 fires in the first half of 2016 the BFP recorded only over 13 000 in the same period in 2017

FIGHTING FIRE. Quezon City firefighters battle flames that engulf a shanty. BFP file photo

Fire hits SM North EDSA

Jul 16, 2017 - 9:35 PM

UPDATED SM Supermalls says the situation is already contained and no one was hurt in the fire that hit the warehouse of its department store

Firefighters respond to a electrical fire reaching 3rd alarm at the warehouse of the 4th floor of the department store inside the SM North Edsa in Quezon City on July 16, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ex-BFP officials get up to 90 years in jail for ghost repairs

Jul 03, 2017 - 10:45 PM

Two former officials of the Bureau of Fire Protection forced subordinates to sign documents that made it appear as if vehicles were repaired

FALSE REPAIRS. Two former top officials of the Bureau of Fire Protection were sentenced to at least 60 years in prison for falsifying public documents.

'Almost 400' PH towns have no fire trucks – DILG

Jun 29, 2017 - 4:22 PM

As of April 2017 the Bureau of Fire Protection has 2 674 fire trucks – 932 units short of the ideal number

NOT ENOUGH. Despite multiple fire truck deals struck by the government, many local government units still have no firefighting vehicles.

BFP defends defective fire trucks: 'They come with warranty'

Jun 27, 2017 - 7:53 PM

The Bureau of Fire Protection spokesperson says that since the bureau is underequipped it deems it better to buy more fire trucks of inferior quality

DEFECTIVE. The fire trucks, acquired just last April 2016 already show signs of overuse and malfunction. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Information Agency

176 China-made firetrucks of BFP defective, says COA

Jun 23, 2017 - 4:10 PM

The firetrucks were found with defective safety features and engines according to a COA report

BFP wants joint training for firemen, cops after Resorts World attack

Jun 21, 2017 - 3:07 PM

The Bureau of Fire Protection also wants a handbook for inter bureau procedures in case of a similar complex situation

JOINT TRAINING. BFP NCR chief Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tiu says he wants firemen to train jointly with police and the military in case of 'complex situations.' Rappler photo

Aguirre reverses De Lima, lets BFP enforce fire laws in ecozones

Jun 07, 2017 - 6:48 PM

Aguirre says they will investigate the supposed lack of signages near the room where Resorts World guests and employees died due to suffocation

De Lima to Aguirre on casino attack: 'Stop blaming me' for everything

Jun 07, 2017 - 4:42 PM

After some time your own excuses of blaming me for every catastrophe that befalls this administration just won t wash with the public anymore Senator Leila de Lima tells Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

Resorts World sprinklers worked but were not enough, says BFP

Jun 06, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Fire officials say they could not enter immediately because it was not just a fire they were up against but also a gunman

FIRE IN CASINO. Smoke billows at the Resorts World Hotel in Pasay City after a gunman set the casino on fire on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DOJ: De Lima could be liable for PEZA regulation of casino fire safety

Jun 05, 2017 - 7:46 PM

Secretary Aguirre is inclined to reverse his predecessor s legal opinion in 2014 which took away from the Bureau of Fire Protection the regulation over casinos

FIRE IN CASINO. Smoke billows at the Resorts World Hotel in Pasay City after a gunman set the casino on fire on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Suspect in Resorts World attack a 'longtime guest,' says BFP

Jun 02, 2017 - 5:46 PM

The suspect had been staying in a 5th floor room for some time already familiar with security personnel the Bureau of Fire Protection information chief cites probe

RESPONDER. A Firefighter breaks a glass window of the Resorts World Hotel following a fire on June 2, 2017.

COA to BFP: Better to buy new fire trucks than repair old ones

May 28, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The Commission on Audit says spending money to fix fully depreciated vehicles is both excessive and unnecessary

WATCH: Filipino firefighters teach young kids how to be safe

May 22, 2017 - 7:57 PM

The two day summer camp teaches kids from 8 to 17 years old about fire safety first aid and firefighting techniques

DILG's Quinsay vows to stop corruption in fire bureau

May 16, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Interior Assistant Secretary Nestor Quinsay Jr plans to do this by changing the promotion system seeking Fire Code amendments and supervising the purchase of equipment for the Bureau of Fire Protection

NEW ASSIGNMENT. Department of the Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary Nestor Quinsay Jr is tasked to oversee the Bureau of Fire Protection. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte appoints ex-PNP intel chief Quinsay as DILG assistant secretary

May 12, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Nestor Quinsay Jr will oversee the Bureau of Fire Protection

Then President-elect Rodrigo Duterte gives a press conference on May 26, 2016 in Davao City after clinching the election. Photo by Manman Dejeto

Controversial Rosenbauer fire trucks in PH, but won't be used until 2018

May 09, 2017 - 4:34 PM

UPDATED The Bureau of Fire Protection has yet to open the bidding for brokers who will deliver the units to local government units in Mindanao

BIDDING TO FOLLOW. The Bureau of Fire Protection already has the Rosenbauer firetrucks and is now undergoing preparation for the bidding of their delivery.

WATCH: Pasig City battles blazes with unmanned firefighting machine

May 05, 2017 - 4:18 PM

The unmanned firefighting machine can pump 2 500 liters of water per minute and help firefighters do their job in safer environment

Bato dela Rosa's son Rock among new PNPA cadets

May 01, 2017 - 1:45 PM

350 young men and women including the son of the country s top cop enter the Philippine National Police Academy

WELCOME PLEBOS. Fourth class cadets – members of the Class of 2021 – officially join the PNPA. Photo Bea Cupin/Rappler

Will you report corrupt fire bureau officials?

Mar 31, 2017 - 2:13 PM

The Bureau of Fire Protection and the Department of the Interior and Local Government urge the public to have the courage to report and file complaints against erring BFP personnel

PNPA's sole female topnotcher: What men can do, we can do too

Mar 26, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Maysy Cataquiz is the only woman in the top 10 of the Philippine National Police Academy s Class of 2017

The 38th comencement exercise of the PNPA, Class "Masidlak" in Camp Castaneda in Silang, Cavite on March 24, 2017.

Fire hits QC village on New Year’s Eve

Dec 31, 2016 - 10:58 PM

This is the second village in Quezon City damaged by fire during the holidays

Valenzuela execs, BFP officials, charged over Kentex fire

Oct 19, 2016 - 7:42 PM

Investigators say Kentex should have been shut down because of its delinquent status General manager Ong King Guan is also among those charged

Members of the SOCO examine charred bodies of workers killed in the slipper factory fire as they collect DNA and recognisable marks from the victims at the barangay hall of Maysan, Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Success stories from the 8888 hotline

Oct 09, 2016 - 3:52 PM

Citizen complaints received through the hotline get forwarded to concerned agencies for immediate action

Rapid dev’t spurs PH home buyers’ demand for fire safety

Apr 14, 2016 - 4:12 PM

Filipinos are becoming more acutely aware of the threat posed by fires As the economy grows they are starting to demand more sophisticated protection against it says global fire and security firm Honeywell

#BangonUE: Heartache, sympathy online after UE fire

Apr 05, 2016 - 11:54 AM

Netizens express their solidarity with the University of the East Manila community

Roxas gets shoutout at turnover of new police jeeps, fire trucks

Apr 04, 2016 - 10:44 PM

While the former DILG chief campaigns in Caraga region he gets several mentions during the turnover of new fire trucks and patrol jeeps in Quezon City

LP COLOR. Yellow-tinted water jets through new firetrucks at the Quezon Memorial as President Benigno Aquino III and DILG Secretary Mel Sarmiento watch. Malacañang photo

BFP pegs UE Manila fire damage at P22M

Apr 02, 2016 - 10:28 AM

4th UPDATE Both the BFP and the university say the cause of the fire is still under investigation The UE Manila campus will be closed on Monday April 4

FIRE HITS UE. Photo by AJ Bondoc

'Electrical connections' seen as cause of Boracay fire

Dec 26, 2015 - 11:09 AM

BFP Boracay is looking into “electrical connections” as the potential cause of a Christmas Eve fire in the densely populated area in Boracay Island

AFTERMATH. The Christmas eve fire in Boracay has been attributed to "electrical connections." Photo by Alan Palma Sr. / Rappler

COA: DILG at fault for P3.8-B BFP procurement delay

Sep 30, 2015 - 2:31 PM

The Bureau of Fire Protection combats fire lacking basic protective gear

FIREFIGHTERS. The Bureau of Fire Protection is in dire need of more modern equipment. EPA file photo

House approves LPG safety bill

Sep 06, 2015 - 12:23 PM

The Bureau of Fire Protection ranks LPG flare ups as a leading cause of violent blazes

Boracay fire an accident, damages pegged at P48M – BFP

Aug 16, 2015 - 12:48 AM

Investigators conclude that an unattended cooking stove is the cause of fire

Photo by Alan Palma Sr.