ILOILO — Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. revealed that out of the 43 local government units in this first-class province, four have no fire trucks.
“Can you imagine that Carles, the biggest town in the fifth district, has no fire truck?!” lamented the chief executive.
The other towns that have no funds to buy their own fire trucks were Concepcion, Ajuy and San Rafael.
“Should there be a big fire in these towns, there is no way the people can handle it on their own,” he said.
Defensor exposed the possible risks these towns may face in case of fire during the visit of Senior Supt. Lindy Lauzon, the new regional director of Bureau of Fire Protection in Western Visayas and Provincial Fire Marshal Supt. Jose Filomeno Salolog Jr.
Lauzon assured Defensor that he will respond to the needs of these towns and “do what is necessary to improve public safety”.
“BFP procured 469 units of brand new fire trucks worth P2.5-billion from China and 40 of which will be for the region. But I am not sure if the towns mentioned by the governor are among the recipients,” Lauzon said.
Lauzon succeeded Senior Supt. Eleuterio Iturriaga who retired from government service on September 2015.
Prior to his assignment here, the native of Cagayan de Oro was the director of personnel of BFP national office and regional director of BFP-Northern Mindanao for three years.