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March is Fire Prevention Month based on Proclamation No. 115-A, s. 1966. Fire prevention for March is actually part of the whole proclamation. The public or official announcement is about ABOLISHING SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION WEEK AND DECLARING THE YEAR NINETEEN HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN AND EVERY YEAR THEREAFTER AS SAFETY AND PREVENTION YEAR. The Proclamation states that there is indisputable evidence of a considerable rise in accident occurrence every year not only in industrial, commercial and agricultural enterprises, but especially on the highways, in schools and even in our homes, most of which are unrecorded. So basically it contains safety and prevention awareness for the whole year. This was signed and declared by former president FERDINAND E. MARCOS on the 17th day of November, Nineteen Hundred and Sixty-Six or November 17, 1966. He believed that constant and continues propagation of safety consciousness among our people every day of the year will provide a positive preventive approach to a problem that can be solved by more caution, vigilance, sobriety, exercise of common sense and respect for the law. To view the declaration in detail please visit http://www.gov.ph/1966/11/17/proclamation-no-115-a/ or you can read it as follows:
RESIDENCE OF THE PRESIDENT
OF THE PHILIPPINES
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 115-A
ABOLISHING SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION WEEK AND DECLARING THE YEAR NINETEEN HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN AND EVERY YEAR THEREAFTER AS SAFETY AND PREVENTION YEAR
WHEREAS, there is indisputable evidence of a considerable rise in accident occurrence every year not only in industrial, commercial and agricultural enterprises, but especially on the highways, in schools and even in our homes, most of which are unrecorded;
WHEREAS, these accidents not only cause heavy financial losses and consequent economic dislocation among those affected and to our country at large, but also immeasurable human suffering; and
WHEREAS, there is now, more than ever as a part of our national development, an impelling and constant need for propagating safety consciousness among our people every day of the year as a positive preventive approach to a problem that can be solved by more caution, vigilance, sobriety, exercise of common sense and respect for the law.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, proclaim the year nineteen hundred and sixty-seven and every year thereafter, as SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION YEAR, each month of the year to be devoted to a particular aspect of safety and accident prevention in various fields as follows:
January General Orientation
February Air Transportation
March Fire Prevention
April Vacation Hazards
May Land Transportation
June Sea Transportation
September Health and Sanitation
October Industry and Commerce
December Holiday Hazards
I call upon all segments of society, including all industrial, commercial, and agricultural sectors; public and private schools; government agencies; labor management and civic organizations; to give full support, undertake maximum participation and initiative to make every Year as above-described meaningful and productive of desired results.
The Department of Labor shall organize and coordinate all activities in connection with this Proclamation. The Secretary of Labor is further empowered to make adjustments or changes in the month-to-month schedule of subject matter and other related aspects other than as described above for greater effectiveness and a more purposive Safety and Accident Prevention Year.
Proclamation No. 359, dated October 13, 1956, and Proclamation No. 32, dated May 28, 1954, are hereby revoked.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.
DONE in the City of Manila, this 17th day of November, in the year of Our Lord, Nineteen Hundred and Sixty-Six.
President of the Philippines
By the President:
Bureau of Fire protection
The Bureau of Fire protection of BFP conducts inspections, exercises and trainings in preparation of the said month. This year 2017, In preparation for the observance of Fire Prevention Month, the Bureau of Fire Protection has and will conduct a series of activities aimed on the theme slogan: “Kaligtasan sa Sunog: Alamin, Gawin at isabuhay Natin.”
Last March 14, Fire Prevention Games and Contests were simultaneously performed nationwide. The contest was fun and exciting especially for students from elementary and high school. The contests include Drawing Contest for Elementary, Poster making for High School students and photo Contests which was open to all interested individuals. They also have a singing contest, a duet that is exclusive for BFP Personnel. All winning entries from Regional Offices will be displayed at the BFP-NHQ lobby from March 17-31. The national winners will be judged on March 18-19.
For more information on BFP Activities, please see this link http://bfp.gov.ph/bfp-sets-activities-for-fire-prevention-month/
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