CITY OF SAN FERNANDO--The City Government of San Fernando recently forged a pact with four private partners as part of its disaster preparedness and rescue programs.

City Administrator Ferdinand Caylao said the partnership, covered by a City Council resolution, calls for the lending of heavy equipment to the city in case of disaster and in rescue efforts.

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He identified the private partners as Alfredo Villacrucis Jr., Joel Manlutac, John Tayag, and John Sambo, all accomplished and exemplary contractors.

“The City Council passed a resolution on this and we are very happy that our private partners are always willing to lend the City Government a hand in the event of a disaster. The equipment they would lend includes trucks, cranes, loaders and other machinery necessary in rescue or averting the impact of a disaster,” said Caylao.

For his part, Mayor Oscar Rodriguez said the agreement is in line with President Benigno Aquino III’s call for a strong public-private sector partnership in all endeavors.

“Yes, this is line with the President’s call for a stronger public-private sector partnership, although we have been doing this for a very long time now in the city as our initiative. But with this, we see stronger ties with our private sector partners,” said Rodriguez. (Jovi T. De Leon)