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January 20, 2015

THE MINDANAO EXAMINER: Where are the fire trucks?

MANILA – House Deputy Minority Leader Arnel Ty has urged the Department of the Interior and Local Government to make public the list of cities and municipalities that allegedly received 117 new fire trucks under the modernization program of the Bureau of Fire Protection.

“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 trucks) vehicles are.  They haven't seen the trucks responding to fire emergencies.  When there are blazes, people don't see the new trucks in action as first responders.  What they see right away are the trucks of the Filipino-Chinese Volunteer Fire Brigades,” Ty said.

Rep. Terry Ridon has previously questioned Item No. 5 in the P22.4 – billion supplemental national budget for 2015, which gives the DILG another P199.1 million for the acquisition of 33 new fire trucks for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Ty has asked DILG Secretary Mar Roxas to make public which local government units obtained the fire trucks.  He said the public deserves to know and Roxas ought to satisfy their curiosity.

He said Congress authorized the funds for the DILG to procure 34 units of 1,000-gallon fire trucks and 18 units of 2,5000-gallon fire trucks, including 65 units of 500-gallon mini-pumpers for the BFP.

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