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The firefighting capabilities of the Cagayan de Oro City Fire Station (COFS) is expected to boost with the arrival of the five units of firetrucks donated by the City Government of Tainan, Taiwan.

This was expressed by City Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula when he led a simple blessing rites at City Hall compound for the slightly-used firetrucks which was officiated by Fr. Boy Salvador.

Though slightly used, Mayor Jaraula said the donated firetrucks were proven to be in good running condition and state considering that the units were brought by land from the Port of Manila to Cagayan de Oro through the roll-on, roll off (Roro) route.

In the wake of this development, Mayor Jaraula said he will invite the Taiwanese Ambassador to visit the city within this month in an effort to strengthen ties between the two cities in the areas along trade and diplomatic relations, cultural exchange and economic cooperation.

The firetruck donation is considered as a major gain emanated from the sisterhood agreement entered into by and between the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Tainan, Taiwan sometime in 2005 when then Mayor and now Vice Mayor Vicente Y. Emano led a trade mission to Tainan.

It can be recalled that Tainan City Mayor Hsu Tain-Tsiar and Ambassador Hsin-Hsing Wu led an 11-man delegation when they made a reciprocal visit to Cagayan de Oro City in April 2008.

After a successful two-day visit where they were feted with a special dinner and warmly received by the city officials, the Tainan city top officials pledged the five-unit firetruck donation as a show of their mutual cooperation on the sisterhood ties between the two cities.

As a gesture of welcome befitting a sister city, Mayor Hsu Tain-Tsiar and other officials from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office made the honor in leading the groundbreaking ceremonies for the multi-level Legislative Building at City Hall compound before heading back home to Tainan, Taiwan. (City Information Office)

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