Daysof reck­on­ing

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MARCH IS TRA­DI­TION­ALLY ob­served as Fire Pre­ven­tion Month. In its ob­ser­vance, fo­cus is on pre­ven­tion, if pos­si­ble that is, of the in­ci­dents of fire. A tall or­der, it is, con­sid­er­ing our com­pla­cency to fol­low strictly mea­sures to pre­vent oc­cur­rence of fires.

Iron­i­cally, more in­ci­dents of fire hap­pen, es­pe­cially in crowded Metro Manila, de­spite re­peated warn­ings from the Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion. As proven by re­cent fire in­ci­dents, we never learn from pre­vi­ous mis­takes.

In Ma­bal­a­cat City, the Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion Of­fice is headed by: Fire Chief In­spec­tor Jose Colminero, Fire Mar­shal, as­sisted by: Re­den­tor M. Quiambao, Jr., Richard C. Med­ina, Isagani C. San­tos, Joel A. So­ri­ano, Mark An­thony C. Custodio, Gra­celli T. Suba, Joey P. Bag­tas, John Henry T. Guan­lao, Kim M. Atienza, Noemie Joy Basilio; Shift A-Daniel B. David and Lee Oliver J. Tom­pong; Shift B-Edi­son M. Teopaco and Justin Van­neAguinaldo, Alvin Joseph C. Cruz, Mark Nino I. Vil­le­gas, Michael Jef­fer­son Castelo and Ar­gon G. Caras.

It has per­formed its man­date con­sid­er­ably well. Given ad­e­quate equip­ment and man­power, I be­lieve it can achieve more. The planned build­ing hous­ing, among oth­ers, the BFP lo­cal of­fice should be erected to boost the morale and work­ing con­ve­nience of the fire de­part­ment of­fi­cers and per­son­nel.

The Fire Pre­ven­tion month should be ob­served by all con­cerned; af­ter all, it is their lives and prop­er­ties that are at stake in the pres­ence of this po­ten­tial de­struc­tive force, fire.

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Also ex­pected to spew fire are the can­di­dates for the May 13, elec­tions.

On the na­tional level, the sen­a­to­rial as­pi­rants of op­pos­ing camps have touched base with the elec­torate in var­i­ous forms and in­ten­sity.

A de­bate fo­rum is be­ing dan­gled by the Otso Diretso can­di­dates of the op­po­si­tion to those of Hug­pong ng Pag­babago led by the pres­i­den­tial daugh­ter Sara Duterte Car­pio, the in­cum­bent mayor of Davao City.

Whether the de­bate will push through, cour­tesy of the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions, sup­pos­edly the fa­cil­i­ta­tor/mod­er­a­tor, the elec­torate stands to ben­e­fit there­from in terms of con­crete plat­forms es­posed by the can­did at es.

And what about the in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates like Se­na­tors Grace Poe and the aged but still wise, sharp and spritely Juan Ponce En­rile? Their take on var­i­ous is­sues is worth lis­ten­ing to. Any­way, let us be wise and dis­creet in our choice of can­di­dates. Re­mem­ber the quote: if I com­mit a griev­ous mis­take I may be a fool; if I com­mit the same mis­take again, I am stupid!

* * * In Ma­bal­a­cat City, Mayor Crisostomo C. Garbo is con­fi­dent of vic­tory in the com­ing elec­tions. He con­tin­ues to reach out to vot­ers in barangays through his var­i­ous health and so­cial pro­grams and it seems the vot­ers ap­pre­ci­ate his fine ges­ture.

Mayor Cris is a hands-on ex­ec­u­tive and comes to the of­fice reg­u­larly and early to dis­pense with good pub­lic ser­vice.

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