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Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (second from left) is awarded a water-themed painting by Artist Ivan Acuña; the MWSI Special Partnership Award; and a plaque of recognition from Maynilad officials (from left) President and CEO Victorico P. Vargas, Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chief Operations Officer Herbert M. Consunji and Chief Finance Officer Randolph T. Estrellado during the 5th Anniversary Celebrations of the Maynilad Water Services Inc. which was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia. The Special Partnership Award was given in recognition of the contribution of the Parañaque City Government and Mayor Jun Bernabe for the continued expansion of MWSI water services in the city. (Photo By: Jun Budlat)
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PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 01, 2012

QC to acquire more firetrucks

QUEZON CITY, Jan 1 (PIA) -- Quezon City will get more firefighting equipment, including firetrucks, from the Department of Interior and Local Government starting this year.

DILG Undersecretary Rico E. Puno gave this assurance today to Mayor Herbert Bautista and QC firemen during the city’s commemoration of the 115th death anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal.

Usec Puno was guest of honor during the commemorative ceremonies near the Rizal monument at QC Hall grounds. After the Rizal Day program, Puno also spoke before QC firemen during the launching of the city’s three-day yearend drive to seek public cooperation in preventing New Year’s Eve accidents and fire.

Puno said the DILG intends to buy more firetrucks and other firefighting equipment next year under a program that focuses more on fire prevention than on fire suppression.

He said that the firetrucks will be much cheaper than those acquired before 2010.

He also announced that the DILG wants to build a hospital for fire personnel and police officers, and is finalizing plans for an arrangement with the QC government to boost the department’s fire prevention efforts and provide more firefighting equipment to the city.

Meanwhile, Mayor Bautista has instructed QC fire officials and the city planning and development office to determine which barangays or areas in QC must be prioritized in the establishment of local fire stations.

The Mayor said community fire stations must first be established to justify to stationing of firefighting personnel and the acquisition of the necessary equipment in the priority areas. (RJB/AKG-PIA NCR/QC-PIO)

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