TO strengthen its workforce and foster career advancement in its attached agencies, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año promoted a combined 25 senior officials of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to the rank of Chief Superintendent (C/Supt.) equivalent to a full pledge General rank.
“Congratulations to the newly-promoted Chief Superintendents of the BFP and BJMP. This victory in your career is yet another testimony of your perseverance. Continue raising the bar of excellence in the delivery of public service as you fulfill your mandates as fire and jail officers,” Año said.
The new C/Supt. officers took their oath before Año, witnessed by DILG Undersecretary for Public Safety Nestor F. Quinsay Jr., BJMP Director Allan Iral, and BFP Director Louie S. Puracan at the DILG-NAPOLCOM Bldg. in Quezon City.
Año said that of the 25 promoted officials, 18 fire officers who are mostly regional directors and chiefs of offices who rose from the ranks at the National Headquarters while seven are senior officers of the Jail Bureau.
He likewise said that of these officials, one is lady jail personnel and two are lady fire officers.
“We are glad that we have female fire and jail officers joining our list of new promotions in time for the celebration of the National Women’s Month signifying our confidence in the capabilities of our female employees to become assets in government service,” Año said.
According to the DILG Secretary, the promotions are not only made for a better organizational structure within the bureaucracy but most importantly, “they are testament to the hard work of our personnel and the fruition of years of committed service they dedicated in the name of their sworn duty to the people.”
Meanwhile, Fire Chief Puracan emphasized taking advantage of the promotion as an opportunity to further improve the delivery of service to the people. He also underscored that newly-promoted fire officers must strive for a corruption-free tenure.
“Let’s not waste this chance or opportunity given to the Bureau and return it by better serving the people. We should return this gesture and promotion by serving an honest to goodness work for the government and the people,” he said.
He further said that these promoted generals are fortunate that they achieved star rank early on in their career considering most of them are only between 46-50 years old.
For his part, BJMP Director Iral said, “Sana itong promotion na ito na C/Supt. or General ay magsilbing inspirasyon sa kanila para magtrabaho sila ng husto para ma-achieve ang mission and vision ng Jail Bureau.”
Last February, 65 BFP officials were likewise promoted to the rank of Fire/Senior Superintendent which is equivalent to full Colonel rank.
The BFP has a total manpower of 33,872 firefighters nationwide, while the BJMP has 18,600 jail personnel.