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SM malls, BFP lead 2nd Nationwide Simultaneous Fire Drill

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — SM malls in Baliwag, Marilao, and Pulilan in partnership with the Bureau of Fire Protection recently conducted the 2nd SM and BFP Nationwide Simultaneous Fire Drill recently with the participation of mall employees, agency personnel, and tenants.

The activity led by SM Supermalls aims to test the response capability of the mall’s Fire Brigade Team. The simulated fire drill was held in all SM Malls nationwide.

SM malls in North Luzon, including SM City Baliwag, SM City Marilao, and SM Center Pulilan with their Fire Brigade team members demonstrated their mastery of evacuation drills and showed their fire-fighting skills with the use of fire extinguishers and fire hoses.

The partnership of BFP and SM Supermalls is one of the ways in which SM amplifies its commitment to contribute to the creation of risk-resilient societies and promote a global and national culture of disaster risk reduction and resiliency.

The public-private partnership (PPP) of SM and BFP gives priority to the constant training of SM’s personnel to respond to disasters, including earthquakes and destructive fires. This will help ensure the safety of SM’s stakeholders, including customers, tenants, employees, nearby communities, and the general public.

This partnership demonstrates the progress made by the two entities in preventing disaster risks and losses of lives, livelihoods, and health—in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030.

SM, as a member of ARISE—Philippines, the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, which is led by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), commits to promote a global and national culture of disaster risk reduction and resiliency. (UnliNews Online)

Manny D. Balbin
Manny D. Balbin
Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, founder and editor-in-chief of UNLINEWS ONLINE and UNLINEWS Digital Newspaper, is a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated college with Philosophy and Political Science courses at the University of Santo Tomas, Legazpi City. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, People's Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before, he simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspapers in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). He is the founder and the former editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, both in weekly newspaper and online news. A former Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.


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