(Feature) Meet the Pink Panther of BFP- Cordillera

  • March 17, 2017
  • Carlito C. Dar

 BAGUIO CITY, Mar. 17 (PIA) - - Women can be of equal footing with men if they put their heart and mind into as  proven by Senior Superintendent Maria Sofia Mendoza, the first woman Regional Director of Bureau of Fire Protection in the  Cordillera region.

Mendoza, a native of Barotac, Nuevo Iloilo, is a Civil Engineering graduate of Central Colleges of the Philippines, with Fire Safety Engineering Course in Far East Air Incorporated (FEATI) University and a degree holder of Masters in Public Administration.

She started her career in 1987 with a clerical job at the National Police Commission.   Committed  to public service, she entered the then Philippine Constabulary – Integrated National Police as fire service personnel in 1990, working her way to become a fire lieutenant at the office of the city fire marshal in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Proving her skills and talents and commitment to work beyond office duties,  Mendoza became a district fire marshal relentlessly leading fire incident response operations which earned her the nickname “Pink Panther” and sometimes “Panther 6”.

With her qualifications and commitment, Mendoza assumed directorship for administration and operations of the BFP National Headquarters.

In July 2014, she accepted to become the regional director of BFP – CAR believing that women can lead in improving the delivery of fire service to Cordillerans.

As BFP – CAR Regional Director, Mendoza consistently put up her plans and programs in action from capacity building and fast tracking of the promotion process for qualified personnel and capacity building to boost the morale of Cordilleran fire fighters, to ensuring that there are adequate fire stations, fire trucks and personnel for fast and effective delivery of service in the region.

With her goal of ensuring fire safety, from 37 fire stations in 2014, it is now up to 58 with 12 more on – going constructions. , which is on track with the BFP’s vision to have one in every municipality. CAR has 75 towns.

For fire trucks, there are now 67 from 41 when she assumed as the BFP CAR head.

To date, BFP - CAR has 691 strong uniformed personnel including 132 female fire fighters.

While she recognizes significant role of men in the fire service, Mendoza believes that the act of bravery and commitment to serve the people knows no gender as long as they put their heart and mind into it. Her goal is to convince women to take on the challenge.  

As a start, she appointed Inspector Mary Grace Balao –as as the first woman fire marshal in the municipality of Kapangan, Benguet. She continues to encourage other women personnel of BFP – CAR to work hard in order to be promoted. (JDP/CCD with reports from Iren Borja/PIA-CAR/BFP CAR)  

Other News

Red Cross receives 1M worth of equipment and basic medicines from Israel Embassy
  • June 28, 2017
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon extends his gratitude to Israel Embassy Ambassador Ephraim Ben Matityau and his wife, Lizia Lu. MANILA, June 28 (PIA) -- The Israel Embassy officially turned over one million worth of basic equipment, medicines, and supplies to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), to support the immediate needs of those affected by the Marawi conflict. PRC set up a basic health care unit in (BHCU) in Balo-i Lanao del Norte on June 8. Since basic health services are a major priority in the communities and evacuation centers affected by the conflict, the PRC has provided ba...Read more
DOST-Davao Region bares activities for 2017 NSTW
  • June 28, 2017
DIGOS CITY, June 28 (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology – Region XI has lined up all its pre-event activities as a prelude to the regional celebration of the National Science and Technology Week on July 3-5, 2017 at the NCCC Mall of Davao.   From June 26 to July 1, DOST-Region XI will hold a Techno-Agri-Industrial Trade Fair to be hosted by the provincial local government unit and Department of Trade and Industry – Davao del Sur. Participants will be various national government agencies including the Provincial Science and Technology Center-Davao del Sur, local gove...Read more
Protection of migrant workers sought
  • June 28, 2017
MANILA, June 28, (PIA)--The labor department has sought global action to guarantee the protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of migrant workers.   Addressing the Committee on Labor Migration, a major committee of the International Labor Conference (ILC) in Geneva last week, Labor Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III reiterated the need for better migrant workers’ protection among the member-states receiving nations.   “Member-states have a moral obligation to ensure that migrant workers have access to safe and decent work, wherever they are and in whatever situ...Read more
Medical repatriation efforts for OFWs strengthened
  • June 28, 2017
MANILA, June 28 (PIA)--A more cohesive and synchronized procedure for the medical repatriation of overseas Filipinos is now assured with the signing last week of a Joint Memorandum Circular among government agencies, including the labor department.   Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the joint effort is another milestone in providing full- seven cycle migration assistance, especially to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).   “The joint circular strengthens our interdepartmental efforts in protecting the rights and promoting the welfare and interests of our overseas Filip...Read more