THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has allocated P50 million for the construction of fire stations in seven local government units in Negros Island Region (NIR).
Senior Superintendent Fred Trajeras Jr., regional director of BFP-NIR, said on Monday, July 17, that the Department of Budget and Management has already approved the allocation.
Trajeras said the implementation will probably start this year with the assistance of the Philippine International Trading Corp. which will supervise the bidding process.
The beneficiaries are the cities of Sipalay and Talisay, municipalities of Calatrava, Candoni and Toboso in Negros Occidental, and the municipalities of Vallehermoso and Mabinay in Negros Oriental.
At present, the BFP-NIR has 45 active fire stations.
Meanwhile, Chief Superintendent Leonard Bañago, acting chief of BFP, said Monday that more than 100 fire stations are needed to be established in different cities and municipalities nationwide.
He said it will be implemented once there is funding.
Bañago was in Bacolod City Monday as guest of honor in the recognition rites of 198 firemen recruits, including 36 females and 162 males.
They included 78 from NIR, 60 from Western Visayas, and another 60 from Central Visayas.
They underwent a four-month Fire Basic Recruitment Course (FBRC) and will proceed with the training in academics at the regional satellite training center also at the Panaad compound. The graduation rites will be held on September 11.
Bañago, during his speech, reminded the recruits to always impose self-discipline for greater responsibilities.
"You must serve the people by virtue of your profession," he added.
Each of them were personally congratulated and welcomed by Bañago.
During the ceremony, the FBRC-2017-02 Mabagsik Class performed an exhibition drill and showed a dance presentation.