SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The provincial board of Antique on Thursday unanimously approved two separate resolutions commending a retired official of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) here and an honest driver based in Manila.
Commended was retired provincial fire marshal Senior Superintendent Randy Pudadera who still answered the call of duty despite being just days away from hanging up his uniform to become a civilian.
Three days before Pudadera’s retirement, Antique recorded its biggest fire incident on June 17, 2021 that gutted the Gaisano Grand Mall of Antique that incurred an estimated PHP833 million damage.
“Pudadera even prior to his retirement had still been suppressing the fire at the Gaisano Grand Mall of Antique,” said Board Member Fernando Corvera Sr., author of both resolutions commending the outstanding men.
The mall’s flames raged for hours before it was placed under control by hordes of firefighters.
Pudadera served as fire marshal of Antique from January 1, 2018 until his retirement last June 20, 2021.
He rendered 34 years and eight months of service in his different areas of assignment under the BFP.
Meanwhile, Cesar Cordero, a resident of Barangay Iglinab, Valderrama but working in Manila as a Grab driver, was praised for returning the PHP200,000 cash left behind by the Chinese passenger inside his car on the night of July 2, 2021.
The passenger boarded at the Knightsbridge Residences in Makati to Flair Tower in Mandaluyong in Metro Manila.
The two resolutions were unanimously approved by the provincial board.
“As our gesture of gratitude for the outstanding service of Pudadera and for the honesty of Cordero, there is no reason that we will not approve the resolutions,” said Board Member Vincent Piccio before they finally approved the resolutions. (PNA)