DURING his attendance at the turnover ceremony of fire trucks and equipment procured by the Bureau of Fire Protection at the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go acknowledged and recognized mayors in the country for their ‘bayanihan’ efforts and continued support for the national government as the country pursues a whole-of-nation approach to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
The local government officials were invited to the event as BFP presented their recently procured equipment, including 84 units of 1,000 gallons capacity fire trucks, five units of aerial ladder, and three units of rescue trucks to be distributed to various local government units around the country.
“All over the country po ito ipapamahagi. Natutuwa po ako dahil ang gusto naman po natin ay mabigyan ng sapat na kagamitan laban sa sunog ang mga iba’t ibang lugar — hopefully sa lahat ng sulok po ng bansa ay handa po tayo,” Go said.
In his speech, Go personally expressed his gratitude to local chief executives —particularly city mayors in the National Capital Region, those physically present during the event, and those who joined via Zoom—for their continued support for President Rodrigo Duterte and the administration’s efforts to uplift the lives of Filipinos amid the ongoing health crisis.
“Salamat po sa lahat ng tulong ninyo sa gobyerno. Hindi po magiging successful itong laban natin sa COVID-19 kung hindi sa tulong ng mga mayors natin,” Go said.
“Dahil mahirap ang panahon ngayon, we have to adjust to the new normal pero konting tiis lang po. Alam kong hirap po kayo. Kami ni Pangulong Duterte, hindi kami nawawalan ng pag-asa, magtulungan lang po tayo. Sino pa ba ang magtutulungan kundi tayong kapwa Pilipino,” he said.
Go also urged the national government and local government units to continue their collaboration and act as partners in promoting and protecting the welfare of their constituents.
“Patuloy lang po tayong magbayanihan at magmalasakit sa isa’t isa. Unahin po natin ang interes, kapakanan at buhay ng bawat Pilipino lalo na ang mga mahihirap at pinaka-nangangailangan,” Go said.
“Patuloy rin po akong magsisilbing tulay ninyo sa Pangulo. Gagawin ko po ang lahat sa abot ng aking makakaya para matulungan kayo at makapagserbisyo sa mga tao sa lugar ninyo. Sa pagkakaisa natin, maiaahon rin natin ang ating mga kababayan mula sa pagsubok na ito,” he added.
The senator also congratulated DILG and BFP for purchasing 84 fire trucks that could be used to respond to fires.
Go said that many municipalities, particularly in remote areas, cannot afford to buy modern equipment, so it will be distributed to them immediately.
Go assured that the administration will prioritize the provision of modern equipment to the fire brigade so that they can perform their duties properly in the country and the people.
The senator said that even before he was in the Senate, he often went to the fire department to help so he witnessed the needs of BFP personnel.
It will be recalled that one of Go’s priority bills is the modernization of the BFP to respond more quickly to fire incidents and save more lives and property.
The senator also promised that wherever he is in the country, he will go and bring help to the fire victims as long as he can with his time and health.###