Iloilo City and MORE Power collaborate to achieve zero fire cases

The Iloilo City Government has taken the lead in launching the Integrated Approach to Fire Prevention program, in collaboration with MORE Power, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and other stakeholders, with the aim of eradicating electrical fire incidents in highly populated areas.

"The city government is working with MORE Power on the integrated approach to fire prevention program. The fire incidents in Iloilo City are mostly preventable and due to illegal electric connections.” Iloilo City Mayor Jerry TreƱas said. 

The program aims to achieve specific objectives, including ensuring all service lines are jumper-free, rehabilitating old Elevated Metering Centers (EMCs) and over-extended low-lying wires, validating and converting unauthorized load-side connections, and institutionalizing fire safety through community involvement.

The program will be implemented in four phases, starting with the deployment of line sweepers to conduct thorough inspections of secondary lines, service drops, metering facilities, flying connections, and loop connections. 

The program also aims to validate and convert any unauthorized load-side connections, and households found in violation will be regularized through the MORE Konek program. Additionally, old Elevated Metering Centers (EMCs) and over-extended low-lying wires will be rehabilitated, with priority given to the depressed or vulnerable barangays.

“We need to work closely with MORE Power and the barangays to legalize electric connections to prevent fire incidents in the city. Funds of the city going to financial assistance can be put to better use" the Mayor added.

To ensure corrective measures are implemented, MORE Power will work in collaboration with barangay officials, the BFP, OBO/CEO, and its own distribution engineers.

In addition to the mentioned action plans, MORE Power will implement an Information, Education, and Communication program (IEC) covering electrical and fire safety, as well as RA 7832. The BFP will also be involved in facilitating fire safety seminars.

Through these efforts, the Iloilo City Government, MORE Power, BFP and leaders of the local communities hope to achieve the target of zero fire incidents within six months. 

The program demonstrates the importance of partnership and collaboration, as well as collective efforts to prevent fires and make homes and communities safer.
Zach Golez

A lifestyle blogger based in Iloilo City

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