VILLAVICIOSA, Abra, March 16 (PIA) -- The Villaviciosa fire station located at Brgy. Poblacion is now open and ready to serve the citizens of the municipality and the neighboring towns of San Isidro and Pilar.
The construction of the fire station was made possible thru the effort of Municipal Fire Marshal SFO2 Arnel B. Barreras and the municipality of Villaviciosa through Mayor Jose W. Lagen Jr. and Vice Mayor Marjorie L. Lagen who donated the lot at Brgy. Poblacion to the Bureau of Fire Protection.
FSSupt. Lilibeth Q. Simangan, Regional Director of the BFP-Cordillera and FSupt. Alex L. Testado, Abra Provincial Fire Marshal and Mayor Lagen led the ribbon cutting to formally open Villaviciosa’s new fire station after the Holy Mass and blessing of the building led by Rev. Fr. Louie A. Tungpalan.
In his message, Lagen Jr. said that the building is a symbol of development and improvement which the local, provincial, regional, and national government should be proud of.
“Before, our fire marshals were patiently staying in a small room at our municipal hall, now they have their own home. We now believe that they can more effectively deliver fire protection services to the people”, he added. He also congratulated the BFP for this accomplishment.
Simangan informed that out of the 27 municipalities of the Abra, 14 towns still have no fire stations but the lots where stations might be situated were already donated by their local government units.
Simangan added that she will do all possible approach to accelerate that issuance of funds for the establishment of fire stations in all the municipalities of Abra. Moreover, she added that without the help and cooperation of the people, success will never be met and the project would not have pushed through.
“As we observe the Fire Prevention Month, let fire prevention be all our responsibility, for all of you are our partners in advocating fire safety,” Simangan said. Christian Allister G. Tubadeza (JDP/MTBB/CAGT – PIA CAR, Abra)