Gone are the days when the country’s firemen are ill-equipped to fight fire and policemen are regarded as “kawawang cowboys” following the reforms of the “Daang Matuwid.”
At least 135 brand new fire trucks and 144 police patrol jeeps have been distributed to further boost the capability of the country’s firefighters and policemen in ensuring public safety.
President Aquino led the ceremonial turnover of the motor vehicles at the Quezon Memorial Circle, saying he would be leaving a modern and reliable Bureau of Fire Protection and Philippine National Police by the end of his term.
“Ang bumberong dating niririsko ang sariling buhay, meron nang mga kinakailagang kagamitan para mailigtas ang ibang buhay; ang pulis naman, talagang umaangat ang kakayahan para mapanatili ang katiwasayan sa mga pamayanan,” Aquino said.
“Sa mga karagdagang sasakyang tangan ninyo, inaasahang higit pa ninyong magagampanan ang mandatong pangalagaan ang kapakanan at kaligtasan ng sambayanan,” he added.
The new fire trucks comprise the fourth and last batch of the 469 units purchased by the government at P2.5 billion.
The trucks have huge stainless steel water tanks with a capacity of 1,000 gallons and can spew water as high as a 12-story building, according to the President.