By Stacey Ang
MANILA — Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar honored as “heroes” the two DPWH workers who were killed and two others who went missing during a landslide in Ifugao due to typhoon Ulysses, while conducting road clearing operations.
“Two of our colleagues in DPWH died as heroes. Joel Chur-ig and John Duclog risked and lost their lives serving the country. They were found dead after another landslide hit Nueva Vizcaya – Ifugao – Mt Province Road where they were conducting clearing operations,” said Villar.
Authorities have continued conducting search and rescue operations for the two engineers identified as John Limoh and Julius Gulayan, who went missing as rocks and soil covered the victims during a landslide.
The search and rescue operations have been widened in the area where the landslide happened in Sitio Nabito, Barangay Viewpoint, Banaue, Ifugao.
Six people were killed including the personnel of DPWH.
Also honored as “hero” is Henry Villarao, assigned at the Fisheries Protection and Law Enforcement Office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), who died after he was electrocuted while conducting rescue operations who were trapped inside their houses while inundated due to floods in Tuguegarao City.
Villar said damage to infrastructure in Region 2 due to typhoon Ulysses reached P1.6 billion.
This includes damages to the roads and flood control that is estimated at P1 billion.
In the said region, from 25, it was down to just 13 road sections which are not passable due to mudslide, landslide and flooding.
Clearing operations by the DPWH is still continuing.
An estimated P8 billion have been lost in infrastructures due to damages brought about by typhoon Ulysses. (MTVN/AI)