BONTOC, Mountain Province – All Saints and All Souls Day signaled families to gather and simultaneously commemorate and pay respect to their loved ones who went ahead to join their Creator.
The belief of life after death has become part of Christian culture, just as family is very important to the Filipino tradition. This is why Filipino families go back to their home provinces to honor their dearly departed, and while at the same time reunite with those still living.
Families bring candles, light them up and solemnly offer a prayer; some bring food, while others offer flowers. This tradition goes all the way back, as lighting candles are believed to be the guide and keep the faithful departed warm wherever they maybe.
The Bontoc Fire Station intensified its implementation of the “OPLAN KALULUWA 2017” to ensure public safety during the entire observance of All Saints and All Souls Day. Enactment of fire safety inspection to all transport stations and terminals, public cemeteries and other places of assembly focusing on its compliance ensuring presence of proper firefighting apparatus and adequate exit ways in accordance with the Fire Code of the Philippines (RA 9514).
SFO4 George F Calaoa, Municipal Fire Marshal – Bontoc said that the influx of locals to the public cemetery and places of assembly such as churches is expected; also tourists were anticipated to arrive so local firefighters will be deployed to strategic locations to give quick response during any untoward incidents and to give public and motorists assistance.
The Bontoc Fire Station also gave reminders and tips from to ensure a safe and peaceful commemoration of the holidays like:
Before leaving the house, make sure to turn off and unplug all electrical appliances. If possible, turn off the main switch; Clean or remove any items or sources that emit smoke and gases that can be flammable such as gasoline; Be responsible. Keep lighters and matches out of reach of children; Place lighted candles where they won’t be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else; Always place candles on a heat resistance surface, never place on top of a cardboard, plastic and wood. Lighted candles are advised to be placed in a visible and easily noticed area; Avoid putting candles near flammable objects such as curtains, papers, clothing; Never leave candles unattended and put them out when leaving; If a candle must burn continuously, ensure that it is placed on a durable candle holder and put it on a ceramic, metal or plastic container filled with water; Prepare your car for the drive ahead. It’s important to check your car if it is in order. Use the checklist: BLOWBAGETS—which stands for Battery, Light, Oil, Water, Brakes, Air, and Gas, Engine; If you notice something burning, immediately extinguish. Immediately inform the BFP of any untoward incidence that will be transpired and/ or any assistance that need instantaneous response.
By BONTOC FIRE