MANILA, Philippines – A group of firefighters asked Bureau of Fire Protection officials yesterday to investigate a unit of the BFP for allegedly imposing layers of bureaucratic red tape in the processing and release of benefits due them.
“There is a need for the BFP to investigate why so many requirements are imposed by the BFP’s Benefits Assistance Unit (BAU),” said Foundation for Filipino Fire Fighters (F5) chairman and president Van Resurreccion said.
The F5 is a Caloocan City-based organization of active and retired firemen, professionals and non-government groups advocating safety consciousness. Resurreccion said they have 250,000 members all over the country.
He said these layers of red tape have resulted in long delays in the processing of their members’ terminal leave benefits.