EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE
The Bureau of Fire Protection was created under the Department of the Interior and Local Government Act of 1990 (RA No. 6975). The Bureau is primarily responsible for the prevention and suppression of all destructive fires, investigation of all causes of fires and, if necessary, filing of the proper complaints on fire-related cases.
In line with the above mission, the BFP National Office formulates programs, policies, guidelines and similar issuance that will serve as guide for the regional offices and lower field units in implementing the various programs and projects of the Bureau.
For the year 2000, the Bureau investigated fire incidents, conducted training/seminars, spearheaded various special projects such as blood donation program, free clinics, the Annual Lakbay Alalay and Oplan Kaluluwa projects through its Medical/Dental Services, Emergency Medical Services and Project EARnet (Emergency Assistance and Response Network). The Bureau also launched Program ProSAFE (or the Promotion of Safety Against Fire Emergencies), which is designed to address the threats and hazards brought about by fires and to promote public safety in general. Responding to global challenge of information technology, the Bureau likewise launched the BFP @ Web or the www.bfp.gov.ph as a medium of fire safety awareness and public safety education . The Bureau, likewise, launched the BFP-911 Alarm project, in order to provide efficient fire service response to the highest degree,
The Bureau likewise, thru its Fire Safety Enforcement Division (FSED) and Medical & Dental Services in cooperation with the Philippine National Police and National Disaster Coordinating Council, conducted seminars named "Ugnayan Sa Barangay" on Basic Life Support and First Aid, Awareness on Fire Safety and Prevention, Awareness on Philippine Drug Situation and Disaster Management and Control. The recipients were the Barangay Captains, Kagawads, Tanods and selected residents of 30 barangays in the City of Manila.
As of December 31, 2000, the Bureau received P2,959,137,172.00 allotment in addition to the continuing appropriation of P67,468,166.00. It had incurred a total expenditures of P2,983,835,024.00, leaving a balance of P42,770,314.00.
SCOPE OF AUDIT
The audit covered the operation of the Bureau of Fire Protection National Office for the Calendar Year 2000. The objectives of the audit were to ascertain the fairness and reliability of the agency's financial position and result of its operation. We also conducted compliance audit and checked the validity and propriety of transactions selected through sampling.
A value for Money (VFM) audit was also conducted and a separate report therein is being prepared for submission on a latter date.
STATE AUDITOR'S REPORT ON THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
The Auditor rendered a qualified opinion on the fairness of presentation of the financial statements of the Agency because the validity and accuracy of Fixed Assets- Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (8-79-000) amounting to P1,815,858,919.27, could not be ascertained due to failure of management to submit the physical inventory report of all its properties duly reconciled with the book balance. Likewise, the existence, validity and correctness of Supplies and Materials Inventory (8-72-700) totalling P59,331,207.11 and Gasoline, Oil and Lubricants (8-72-710) in the amount of P86,657,248.92 were not ascertained because no physical inventory thereof was conducted.
SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
For the exceptions cited, the Auditor recommended that the Bureau should expedite the preparation and submission of inventory reports on fixed assets as reconciled with the book balance, and to conduct physical inventory of supplies and materials, and gasoline, oil and lubricants.
The other significant findings and recommendations are:
These, together with the other findings and recommendations contained in the report, were discussed with the concerned officials of the Bureau. Management's views and reactions were considered in the report, where appropriate.
In the same breath, we commended the agency's commitment to public service as show in their participation during the "Payatas Tragedy", where hundreds perished.
STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION BY THE AUDITEE OF PRIOR YEAR'S AUDIT RECOMMENDATIONS
Out of the nine (9) recommendations embodied in the 1999 Annual Audit Report, seven (7) were either partially implemented and the remaining two (2) are for implementation. Those which were not implemented were reiterated in this report.