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The Department of the Interior and Local Government- Nueva Ecija, headed by Provincial Director and concurrent Assistant Regional Director Abraham A. Pascua, joined the Bureau of Fire Protection, Regional Office III in their Fire Prevention Kick-off Ceremony with the theme “Isulong ang Kaunlaran, ang Kailangan” on March 1, 2014 held at Nueva Ecija Freedom Park, Cabanatuan City.
The activity started with a thanksgiving mass officiated by Rev. Michael Feliciano I. Veneracion whom, in his homily, reminded the importance of unity and the promotion of fire prevention for a fire free nation. It was then followed by a unity walk led by RD Ariel A. Barayuga of BFP R3; SSupt Leonard R. Bañago, BFP R3 Assistant Regional Director for Administration; Supt. Mario U. Racadio, BFP R3 Assistant Regional Director for Operations; and OIC-Asst. Regional Director Abraham A. Pascua who represented both DILG R3 Regional Director Florida M. Dijan and Gov. Aurelio M. Umali. The Unity walk was also participated in by Fire Officers and BFP Personnel from the provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales together with personnel from different agencies such as DILG-Nueva Ecija, PNP-NEPPO, DENR, DepEd, Academic Institutions, and Fire Volunteer Groups.
OIC-ARD Pascua, in his message during the kick-off program, emphasized the importance of strong partnership with other sectors of the society and the forging of meaningful linkages with other organizations – government and private alike. He also expressed his support to the endeavors of BFP.
The activity ended with a simulation exercise that showcased the knowledge and capacity of the Fire Protection Group led by BFP ORD Rescue, EMS Personnel and Cabanatuan City Fire Station Personnel.