Jason Pinsoy is a fireman in Panglao, a municipality in the province of Bohol in the Philippines. He can't stop thanking Canadians for the 2015 donation of two firetrucks from Rotarians of Langley, B.C.
“We are so grateful to you Canadians, especially the Langley Rotarians. Thank you for noticing and picking the Philippines out of all the other countries to donate the firetrucks,” Pinsoy said.
The municipality of 25,000 people has a vital tourism industry built around its beautiful beaches and waters excellent for diving and snorkelling.
Resorts have increased, as well as the local and foreign population. The one firetruck the municipality owned before 2015 was not adequate to protect the community.
With a new international airport expected in Panglao, there will be more tourism, development, and growth in the town.
The additional firetrucks will be extremely valuable as the town grows. "We can respond to fires faster. Fire operation can be more effective, with more water from more firetrucks,"Pinsoy said.
Also, when the firetrucks were donated, the Philippine government allocated more firemen positions to Panglao, to a total 18 firemen.
When asked how Canadians knew Panglao needed firetrucks, Pinsoy said that the mayor of Panglao - Nila Montero - is a Rotarian herself, and she brought up the need for more firetrucks at an international conference of Rotarians.
The Langley B.C. Rotarians donated a couple of firetrucks - a model 1981 International, and a 1987 Ford - which were in good condition. The firetrucks were shipped via Cebu in the Visayas region of the Philippines, and arrived in Panglao in June 2015.
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