ROXAS CITY, Capiz - Officers and officials of the Capiz Citizens Action Group (CACAG) and the Roxas City Bureau of Fire Protection lauded several Capizenos who were trained by Taipei Economical and Cultural Office (TECO) and the National Fire Agency Units (NFAU) of Taiwan in fire fighting.
“This is a great opportunity for us in Roxas City to have this fire fighting training from Taiwan instead of us going there,” said CACAG president Wilfredo Yap.
Yap said the trained fire volunteers are expected to effectively apply what they have learned during the five-day training.
"We also expect that what they have learned would be reechoed with the other local residents who wish to become fire volunteers in their localities,"he added.
The actual fire fighting training was held March 26-30, 2019 at the defunct Barbasa building in Brgy. Baybay here while the orientation and seminar happened at MVW Hotel and Restaurant on Roxas Avenue also here.
The guests and officials of the Taiwan’s NFAU present during the training were Ming-Cian Hong, executive officer fire prevention division of NFAU; Chung-Lin Wu, executive secretary of political divisions for TECO in the Philippines; Han-shun Hsu, and Pei-Ju Chou, both officers of training center of the NFAU.
During the opening program held at MVW Restaurant and Hotel, Chung-Lin Wu spoke on behalf of His Excellency Pei-Yung Hsu, representative of Taiwan to the Philippines. He thanked the very accommodating local counterparts in Roxas City.
Hsu said that they wanted to share their knowledge and know-how in order to save people from disasters like fire.
Raymond Gerard De Asis, local government officer of the Department of Interior and Local Government-National Capital Region; and officials from the Bureau of Fire Protection were also present.
De Asis said he will try to augment the fire fighting equipment of the BFP here.
In a press conference held after the opening ceremony, Roxas City Fire Marshal Stephen Jardaleza clarified that there were differences between the fire prevention system and the system being implemented in Roxas City.
He said that all establishments were required to put up fire detector that can detect fire while in progress.
Jardaleza stressed that here in Roxas City, 90 percent of the establishment commercials and even government buildings and offices have fire detector and mechanic system which were installed.
He said the fire detector has a built-in battery that could last for about ten years.