Ensuring the safety of every Filipino home

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The safety of every Filipino, especially in our homes, is the government’s top priority. Many of the programs that it has implemented are in pursuit of this important goal. It is also for this reason that President Rodrigo Duterte and this administration have been relentless in the campaign against illegal drugs, corruption and criminality. Despite criticisms leveled against us, we never wavered and continued to march in our fight for safer communities and streets, because we believe that this is what is good for our people.

“To keep our homes safe from fire and accidents, all hazards must be kept out of the way.

Every year, millions — if not billions — worth of damage and losses are incurred because of the compromised safety in our homes. Immeasurable suffering and agony are also being felt by many families because we forget to make the necessary precautions in our personal abodes.

Thus, the government observes the Homes Safety Month every November, through Proclamation 115-A, series of 1966, to propagate safety consciousness among the general populace. This observance seeks to ensure that all families are safe and secure in their homes as well as prepared for any eventuality that may arise.

Property crime as well as man-induced disasters, such as fire, are among the most common of these afflictions. To keep our properties secure against criminal elements, possible entryways in our houses must be secured by durable materials and sturdy locks. Installing cameras, alarms or even keeping house pets, especially dogs, will be helpful in detecting unwanted individuals.

To keep our homes safe from fire and accidents, all hazards must be kept out of the way.

Doors, hallways and exits must be clear of any obstacles. Electrical and gas lines must be installed by accredited professionals and should be regularly checked for any leakages or damage. Important documents and personal property must be kept in a safe place while keys, flashlights and first aid kits should be accessible should the need arise.

Every member of the family must also have the contact numbers of the local police and fire stations as well as the local barangay at hand. Establishing neighborhood patrols, so that the community can share in the responsibility of watching out for each other, can also help in making our communities safer.

“Truly, there is so much to learn from our forefathers.

Should the Filipino people choose to put me in the Senate, I will be pursuing legislative measures that would ensure safer homes and communities. I will be looking at reviewing the National Building Code to ensure the structural integrity as well as safety of our homes from fire. I will also be pursuing the establishment of properly equipped and well-provisioned evacuation centers that our communities can use in time of disasters and calamities. I shall also review the Juvenile Justice Law as well as pursue other legislative measures to keep our communities free from illegal drugs and crime.

But, in the end, the government can only do so much for its citizens. Ultimately, it is up to us to make sure that our homes are safe and secure for our families.

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Blast from the past: On 5 November 1898, the Cantonal Republic of Negros was proclaimed by the Negrenses led by Generals Juan Araneta and Aniceto Lacson.

It was one of the most successful revolts held in the country, with the local Spanish surrendering themselves to local revolutionaries without much bloodshed. The revolutionaries were only armed with a few firearms and farm implements, while most were outfitted with “cannons” made of bamboo and “rifles” carved out of wood and coconut fronds then painted black to look realistic at a distance. A constitution was drafted and ratified a day later, on 6 November, and signed by prominent local leaders and citizens.

On 4 March 1899, the local leaders formally surrendered the Island of Negros to the United States Forces. It came under US Protection on 30 April 1899 then renamed into the Republic of Negros on 22 July 1899. It was dissolved by the United States Government on 30 April 1901.

Truly, there is so much to learn from our forefathers. Armed only with their boldness, ingenuity and love of country, they managed to overcome even the well-armed and well-provisioned enemy. May we be inspired by their patriotism as we build a better and more prosperous nation for ourselves and for future generations.

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