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P12.743M allotted for
4 water tankers

The Dumaguete City government has allotted P12.743 million to purchase three water tankers capable of storing 3,000 liters of water each and another 12,000-liter tanker for the Bureau of Fire Protection.

Jose Chiu of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office said the acquisition of the water tankers is urgent, with the series of fire accidents that have occurred in Dumaguete since January.

The big tank will cost P12.5 million and the three others P81,000 each, or P243,000, he added.

Chiu said they are looking for a supplier of the big tank with attached water pump, and were informed that a stainless water tanker is available only through a special order outside the country. The three small tankers will be acquired from Carcar, Cebu, he added.

He said the tankers are for fire-fighting and for supplying potable water to communities during calamities.

Supt. Arnulfo Sayson, Dumaguete City fire marshal, said the tanks will greatly help the BFP, as they will ensure continuous supply of water for the fire trucks.

He said the damage from the fire incident in Sta. Rosa Street, Dumaguete recently could had been minimized if the BFP has water tankers to supplement those in the fire trucks.

Sayson said seven fire incidents have occurred in Dumaguete City since January, and caused damaged of around P2.1 million in properties.*MA


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