APVFBI Inducts new Officers…


The Association of Philippine Volunteer Fire Brigades, Inc. (APVFBI) inducted its new set of Officers for the Years 2009-2011 and celebrated its 33rd Founding Anniversary at the Grand Ballroom of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila Hotel last 28 April 2009.

 

The event was well attended by Member Brigades of the APVFBI, including the three Probationary Members (Central District, HUVUD, and MCFRVI).

 

Special Guests to the event included among others Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, DILG Undersecretary Marius Corpus, PROC Ambassador to the Philippines Liu Jianchao, BFP Fire Chief C/Supt Rolando M. Bandilla, Jr., NCR Fire Marshall S/Supt Pablito D. Cordeta and Retired Presiding Justice Rodolfo Palatao of the Sandiganbayan who represented Mayor Alfredo Lim who was not able to make it to the event due to a more important prior commitment to the Global Mayors’ Conference at Chicago, USA.

 

The incoming Executive Officers are the following :

 

       Mr. FRANCISCO GUEVARRA (Papa 1)

       President

          Pasay Volunteer Fire Brigade

         

       Ms. LILY CHUA UY

       Executive Vice President

          Biñan Volunteer Fire Brigade, Inc

 

       Mr. JUANITO SEE (Patriot 5)

       Vice President

Fil-Chinese Paco Volunteer Search and Rescue Brigade

 

Mr. MARIO TAN

Vice President

Soler Volunteer Fire Prevention Center

 

Mr. JOSEPH WEE

Vice President

Manila DJ Volunteer Fire Brigade

 

Mr. ENRIQUE DY (South 28)

Vice President

South San Nicolas Volunteer Fire Brigade, Inc

 

Mr. CARLOS POLICAN

Secretary General

Pasay Volunteer Fire Brigade

 

Mr. HENRY UY

Treasurer

Biñan Volunteer Fire Brigade, Inc

 

Mr. MANUEL REYES

Auditor

Biñan Volunteer Fire Brigade, Inc

 

 

For the Operation side, a new set of Officers were also inducted during the event.

 

Mr. GERIE TAN CHUA (Patriot Alpha) of the East Binondo Fire Brigade was inducted Fire Marshall of APVFBI, ably assisted by the following six Deputy Fire Marshalls who are Fire Chiefs of their respective Brigades :

 

          Mr. ANTONIO MANABAT

       Center 5

          Soler Volunteer Fire Prevention Center

 

          Mr. WILLIAM LIM

       Nova 1

          Novaliches Volunteer Fire Brigade, Inc

 

          Mr. RENATO SY

       Patriot 12

          East Binondo Volunteer Fire Brigade

 

          Mr. WILSON KOK

       Papa 5

          Pasay Volunteer Fire Brigade

 

          Mr. GREGORY BEA, Jr.

       Viper 1

          Valenzuela Fil-Chi Firefighters Volunteer Association, Inc

 

          Mr. PAUL GARCIA

       Tutuban Bravo

          Tutuban Fire Volunteer Association

 

Mr. Philips Kiok Kan, Patriot 21, of the East Binondo Volunteer Fire Brigade remained as Chairman of the Communications Committee of the Association given his extensive expertise in the field.

 

The Metropolitan Composite Fire and Rescue Volunteers, Inc. (MCFRVI), together with the other Probationary Member Brigades, HUVUD and Central District, would like to extend our utmost felicitations and assures the new set of Officers of the APVFBI our utmost support and highest regards.

 

More power at MABUHAY po kayo!!!

APVFBI 33rd Anniversary and 34th Induction of Officers


The Association of Philippine Volunteer Fire Brigades, Inc. will be celebrating it’s 33rd year Anniversary on 28 April 2008 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila at 1930H.

 

The Anniversary celebration will coincide with the 34th Induction of the incoming Officers of the APVFBI, headed by the incoming President, Papa One from the Pasay Volunteer Fire Brigade.

 

Special Guests to the activity include Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and DILG Undersecretary Marius Corpuz among others.

Have a meaningful LENT, everyone…


LENTEN SEASON’S MESSAGE

        By: Fr. Gerry Orbos, SVD

       

        B  A  G  E  T  S

       

        BACK in 1990, when my brother, Manong Oscar, was the secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), I also introduced myself as the Secretary of Transformation and Communion!

         

Come to think of it, the whole Lenten Season is simply the call toward real conversion and transformation of one’s heart and character, and, toward a deeper, more personal communion with God and others, especially the less fortunate in our midst. It’s the time to be renewed and vibrant, to be BAGETS (not bakets – Ilocano word for old woman) in our spiritual life once again. 

         

                So, let’s go  B – A – G – E – T – S  for Lent!

       

       

        B A L I K    P A N G I N O O N

        Let us bring back God into our hearts by making a good confession. When was the last time you really humbled yourself and asked to be forgiven by your God? Right away, the evil one will tell you that you have no real sins (denial), that it’s really not that bad so there’s no need to go to confession (rationalization) and that you go to confession “tsaka na lang”  (postponement) . 

       

        A L I S   G A L I T

        Look into your heart and dispose all the useless junk you’ve been carrying in your heart all these years. You are not obliged to be miserable in this life! Forgive and you are free. Continue to be angry and resentful and you are miserable. You have been forgiven much. Be grateful. Be forgiving. End your private wars and battles. In the end, nobody wins if nobody forgives. Forget your favorite refrain that says “Me and me against the world.” And stop being calculating and exacting in your relationships. Dapat give na give ka, huwag lang one-give, two gives, three gives!   

       

        G A W A    M A B U T I

        Share naman. You who have much in life, please help the many people suffering around. I raise again the question: How much money do you really need in this life to be happy?  How much of that money you are accumulating and holding on so can you take along with you when you leave this world? Remember, to whom much is given, much is also required. Again, be reminded that the riches (time, talent, and treasure) that you give away are the only riches you bring with you to eternity.  Use your money for your salvation, not for your condemnation.

 

       

        E X P R E S S    Y O U R    L O V E

        Slow down and take time for God and people, and also for yourself. A very good practice is to kneel down as soon as you wake up and before you sleep to express your adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, supplication (ACTS)  to your God. Another doable and very renewing practice is to drop by a church just to spend some moments of quiet and prayer – the candle glow once more! On the human level, it is amazing how we can “starve” other people of our love. We give only the comfortable installment, as it were, with a plan to give the lump sum when the person is dead or dying already. When it comes to loving, regular daily shower is better than a long drought with a final big downpour.               

 

Little things mean a lot, and it takes very little to make our loved ones happy. A phone call. A smile. A pat on the back. A hug. Very doable. Just do it now.

       

        T A N G G A L    B I S Y O

        Someone once told me that he had no temptations. Why? Because as soon as temptation comes, he’d give in right away! We must not give up fighting our vices and weaknesses. We must continue to try and avoid the occasions and persons that lead us to sin. It would be a good idea to chart once the stages and steps that led you to a particular sinful moment. Once you know that road, avoid it. That’s right: take the “road less traveled.” It leads to peace. It leads to Heaven. 

       

        S A C R I F I C E

        The “mardi-gras” and the carnival started as pre-Lenten celebrations to accentuate the spirit of sacrifice, the spirit of fasting and abstinence of cuaresma (40 days). Carnival comes from the Latin word carne (meat) and vale (goodbye).        

 

Lent is the time to say goodbye to whatever or whoever is dragging you down in your spiritual life. So, what would it be? Goodbye girls? Goodbye gambling?

 

Goodbye kurakot? Take your pick. 

       

        S M I L E

        Whatever sacrifice or good deeds you do, do it with a smile. God loves a cheerful giver, and God blesses a generous grateful (not resentful) heart. Take away that “Good Friday look” from your face and that “far-away look” in your eyes. 

       

        S E C R E T

        If you want to experience real joy, do all of the above in secret.

 

        Let it be something just between you and your God, and you’ll experience a joy which the world cannot give or take away. Come to think of it, maybe this is the reason I started this with a note about being a secretary – a reminder to keep our Lenten project of transformation and communion a secret. 

       

       

 

Lord, you are calling me again

towards deeper  conversion.

Today, this moment, I hear your voice.

Help me not to harden my heart.

 

Amen.