TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Bureau of Fire Protection- Cordillera concluded its Fire Prevention Month with a gathering of local government units, line agencies, and organizations at M hotel, Tabuk City on March 30th.
With the theme “Sa Pag-iwas ng Sunog, Hindi ka nag-iisa,” the event highlighted the agency’s vision to prevent destructive fires, respond to disasters and emergencies, and commit to safeguarding the community.
The BFP-CAR launched rigorous campaigns against destructive fires throughout the month of March to raise awareness of fire hazards and prevent their causes.
Several dignitaries from the province were present at the event, including Mayor Darwin Estranero as the guest of honor, Tinglayan Mayor Sacrament Gumilab, Tanudan Mayor Jhaedick Dagadag, represented by Mr. Alexander Ladwingon, PNP Kalinga Provincial Director PCol. Charles Dumallig; PNP-Tabuk Chief of Police PLtCol Joey Jonathan Bagayao, former Tingalayan Mayor Johnny Maymaya, and DPWH-Kalinga represented by Engr. Samuel Pao-iton, fire marshals from the different provinces and cities of CAR among others.
In their speeches, Mayor Gumilab and Mayor Dagadag requested fire trucks for their municipalities to strengthen their fire response capabilities. In response, BFP-CAR regional director SR Supt. Robert Pacis assured them that fire trucks would be allocated and distributed this year and that the BFP-CAR would do its best to provide for their needs.
RD Pacis then expressed his appreciation to the city government for its support and praised the city’s remarkable progress and rich cultural traditions. He emphasized that he had chosen Tabuk City as the location for the regional activity due to its compelling developments, including road networks and infrastructures.
Mayor Estrañero, on the other hand, commended all the BFP personnel for their efforts in promoting fire awareness and prevention and encouraged them to continue safeguarding the populace against the hazards and dangers of fire. He also expressed appreciation for the agency’s decision to conduct its regional activity in the city, which has been attracting many regional conferences due to its emerging developments.
At the end of the program, the BFP-CAR awarded the ‘Medalya ng Papuri’ to its personnel in different provinces for their dedication and commitment to maintaining community safety through their fire services. The BFP’s tireless efforts to educate and raise awareness about fire prevention didn’t end with this culmination activity. Instead, they made it their ongoing mission to prioritize fire safety and prevention all year round. By Ruth Cupang