POLITIKO: Where have all the fire trucks gone
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) was asked Monday to produce a list of the cities and municipalities that received the 117 brand new fire trucks under the Bureau of Fire Protection’s (BFP) modernization program.
LPGMA party-list Rep. Arnel Ty made the request just days before the country celebrates the coming of the New Year, a revelry that is unfortunately associated with firecracker-related injuries and fires.
“Congress gave the DILG a total of P1 billion for the acquisition of the 117 fire trucks. People are starting to ask where these new (fire-fighting) vehicles are. They haven’t seen the trucks responding to fire emergencies,” said Ty, who is a House Deputy Minority Leader.
What people continue to see, the politiko noted, are the trucks from Filipino-Chinese Volunteer Fire Brigades which are always the first responders to a blaze.
“Which local government units obtained the new fire trucks? The public deserves to know, and (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas ought to satisfy their curiosity,” the lawmaker added.
The House of Representatives previously authorized funding for the DILG’s procurement of 34 units of 1,000-gallon fire trucks, 18 units of 2,500-gallon fire trucks, and 65 units of 500-gallon mini pumpers for the BFP, said Ty who is himself a fire volunteer brigade member.