Firefighter in Valenzuela, performer in Caloocan

HAVING at least eight brand new fire trucks, courtesy of Valenzuela Mayor Win Gatchalian and the city government, the local Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) would now have no any reason that it couldn’t respond on time when fire strikes anywhere else.

Aware that the BFP doesn’t have enough funds to provide for all the needs of every fire station, Mayor Gatchalian says it’s the local government’s responsibility to strengthen the fire bureau’s capability as part of the disaster preparedness and response management program of the city which used to have only three operational fire trucks that serve over 500,000 residents from 32 villages or barangays.

“We think only of efficient services to the people.

“We know that the BFP is short of budget and we feel it is our duty to help in assuring the welfare of our people,” says the mayor who even promised to give two more fire truck engines to the Valenzuela BFP in the coming months.

Top Performer in Anti-measles Drive

If other localities, particularly in Metro Manila, would have the same fervor and unbending approach with that of Caloocan City in the anti-measles campaign, the deadly disease that is more common to youngsters can be effectively minimized if not totally wiped out.

Named by the Department of Health (DOH) as top performer in the entire National Capital Region for its intensified anti-measles drive dubbed: “Ligtas Tigdas,” the local government gives due credit to the health workers from the barangay and health offices for undeniably exerting their best effort to implement the drive in the city’s 188 barangays.

“My administration would not have been bestowed this latest honor if not for the contribution and dedication of the members of the city health department and barangay health volunteers,” according to Mayor Recom Echiverri.


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