TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The local government is a lucky recipient of a newly procured fire truck from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP central office that will help in improving the firefighting capability of personnel of the local fire station.
BFP chief Director Louie S. Puracan informed Mayor Darwin C. Estranero that the city was one of the identified recipients of the newly procured 1,000 gallons fire truck which is part of the bureau’s program to enhance the firefighting capability of firefighters in the different cities and municipalities in the different parts of the country.
“We are grateful to the interior and local government Secretary Benjamin Abalos, Jr. and the BFP for including Tabuk as one of the recipients of the bureau’s newly procured fire truck. It will definitely complement our existing fleet of fire trucks to be able to further improve their firefighting capabilities,” Mayor Estranero stressed.
Last year, Tabuk was also a recipient of an ambulance that was provided by the BFP to identified recipient local governments to help in ensuring the availability of emergency vehicles in responding to calls for emergency assistance during natural and human-induced calamities in the city and nearby areas.
Mayor Estran֮ero expressed hope that the city government will be getting similar assistance from the BFP and other concerned government agencies in the future to help in fully equipping the Tabuk City Fire Station so that local firefighters can effectively and efficiently respond to fire suppression operations, especially during the summer where the occurrence of fire incidents is inevitable.
As part of its contribution to convince various agencies to establish their city and provincial offices in the city, the local government donated a portion of the property that it earlier procured in barangay Laya East for the construction of the Tabuk City Fire Station.
Estran֮ero claimed that the presence of the offices of government line agencies in the city will help in providing the people with easier access to the services being offered by these departments where they can easily transact business with these offices without having to travel outside the city that will be costly and time consuming.
He assured concerned government agencies of the city government’s all out support to their operations in the city as it will help in improving the delivery of the basic services to the people and part of efforts to bring government closer to the people.
Tabuk is being groomed by the Regional Development Council (RDC) in the Cordillera as the future regional center because of the availability of the needed land area that can accommodate the needed structures of regional line agencies once the region will be converted into an autonomous region.
Estran֮ero expressed his gratitude to the Cordillera leaders for pushing for the identification of the city as the future growth center of the Cordillera, saying that it will now lay the foundation for the local government to prepare the city for the expected influx of development once the region will become autonomous through the enactment of the proposed autonomy law being advanced by lawmakers in Congress.