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DILG gives P9.7-M firetruck to Zambo City fire district

Zamboanga City (12 February) -- As gesture of support and assistance to public safety, Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno allocated a fire truck worth P9.7 million to the City Fire District through the local government of Zamboanga..

The over the 1,000 galon-fire truck was formally turned over yesterday by Mayor Lobregat to the City Fire District under Col. James Ramirez stressing it will surely help improve emergency response efforts.

At the same time, the mayor turned over to Col. Ramirez two-boxes load of imported fire suits and boots which were donations from the Sons and Daughters of Philippine Veterans Association members.

Also formally turned over yesterday through Mayor Lobregat was a refurbished fire truck donated by the Chiong family to the Barangay Council of Talisayan.

"This is clearly a manifestation of the strong partnership between the DILG, the city government, the private sector and the barangay sector", Mayor Lobregat announced during the turn over rite held in front of City Hall yesterday morning.

The DILG-acquired truck is a fulfillment of the promise made by Sec. Puno last June 23, 2009 when he came to Zamboanga to inaugurate the a 2-storey 4 cell building at the City Jail, the Sinunuc police sub-station and the renovated City Police Office and last November 14, 2009 when he came to unveil the rehabilitated City Fire Department building.

"Last year, when Sec. Puno came here, he acknowledged the assistance that the city government is giving not only to the police but also to the fire department and jail bureau", the mayor said. "He promised that the DILG will reciprocate these gestures of cooperation and that one fire truck will be allocated for Zamboanga City and so now we are turning over the fire truck".

On the other hand, Mayor Lobregat thanked the DILG, the Bureau of Fire, the Chiong family, the Talisayan Barangay Council and also the Aboitiz Transport Corporation for the free cargo freight for the DILG-acquired fire truck's transport from Manila to Zamboanga.

Lobregat said the free charge for the fire trucks cargo freight was also in response to the effective and efficient emergency response efforts of the city government and the City Disaster Coordinating Council at the height of the Superferry 9 tragedy last September 6, 2009.

The newest fire truck will augment the 20-fleet of fire vehicles of the City Fire District, he said. "This is very timely because since the start of the year, we have noted an increase in fire incidences specially bush fires because of the onset of the dry season".

Aside from fire trucks, the city government is also initiating efforts to construct fire-substations in the barangays, three of which are the almost completed fire stations in Boalan, Recodo and Calarian.

Col. Ramirez expressed delight that almost all the fire-substations in the city are donated or constructed by the local government unit and that these are more presentable and aesthetically done that these are incomparable to central fire station buildings in other areas.

Gov. Lim avenue to undergo repair

Meanwhile, traffic in the Gov. Lim Avenue and its adjacent streets will be slightly affected with the proposed rehabilitation and reconstruction work that will be undertaken in the area starting March 1.

Mayor Celso Lobregat the other day issued Executive Order 311-2010 ordering the temporary and partial closure of portions of Gov. Lim Avenue effective first day of March to pave the way for the project, a priority pump priming project of President Gloria Arroyo and implemented through the District Engineer's Office.

The temporary and partial closure of some portions of the street is aimed to properly address the traffic situation in the area, ensure the unhampered work, prevent accidents and as well as guarantee the swift completion of the project.

Mayor Lobregat issued the executive order Feb. 8 per recommendation from the City Administrator's Office.

The contractor, through the District Engineer's Office, requested the temporary and partial closure of portions of Gov. Lim for the duration of the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the damaged road.

Specifically, EO 311 mandates the temporary partial closure of Gov. Lim Avenue from its junction with P. Reyes St. to its junction with Urdaneta St. from March 1-April 30, 1010; from the junction Urdaneta St. to its junction with Barcelona St. from March 8, 2010 to May 7, 2010; from its junction with Barcelona St. to its junction with La Purisima St. from March 15, 2010 to May 14, 2010 and from its junction with Saavedra Road to its junction with Nunez road from March 22, 2010 to May 21, 2010.

"While the project is on going in the aforesaid areas, all intersections traversing Gov. Lim Ave. will remain open to vehicular traffic", the order said.

The mayor advised the district engineer to ensure that the contractor of the project shall provide all the necessary safety and or warning devices for the guidance of all concerned. The traffic section of the City Police Office and the Traffic Management section under the office of the city administrator shall see to it that traffic is properly addressed in the city urban center.

Copies of the order are furnished to the OIC-City Police director, the chief of the Traffic Division, the district engineer, the barangay chairman of Zone II and the President of the Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the president of the Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce and the concerned presidents of the association of drivers and operators operating in the area for information and appropriate action. (City Information Office/PIA ZC) [top]

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