THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Bago City has inaugurated and activated its Ma-ao Fire Substation on Friday, September 30.

Funded by the local governent unit (LGU), the substation is located beside the Ma-ao Volunteers Rescue Unit (MAVRU) and is equipped with an office, firefighter's quarter, and a fire truck with three firefighters assigned under its station commander Senior Fire Officer 2 Sandro Manangkil.

With this recent development, residents of Barangay Ma-ao and nearby barangays of Mailum, Bacong, Binubuhan, Ilijan, Don Jorge Araneta, Atipuluan and Abuanan can expect a faster response in cases of fire and other emergencies.

The activity was graced by Bago City Mayor Nicholas Yulo, BFP - Western Visayas Regional Director Chief Supt. Jerry Candido, BFP Provincial Director Supt. Kim Celisio, and City Fire Marshall Senior Inspector Sidgie Gerardo.

Also present were Sangguniang Panlungsod members Jake Patrick Torres, Victor Michael Javellana, and Ma. Femmy Martir, DILG Officer Mia Asuncion Gatilogo, Bago City Police Station chief Joem Malong, Bago District Jail warden Kevin Bonilla, MAVRU head Mark Joszef Dexter Somcio, punong barangays of the upland villages, fire marshalls from the Fourth District, Barangay Ma-ao officials and its Community Fire Auxiliary Group (CFAG) and stakeholders.

Yulo said that the creation of the Ma-ao substation was a product of a strong collaborative work of the community in partnership with various government agencies for benefit the people and further pledge for more improvements of the facility in the future.

For his part, Candido lauded the city government and Barangay Ma-ao officials led by Punong Barangay Jovito Gahaton for the realization of the said substation and their support to the BFP. (PR)