By Rjhay E. Laurea
QUEZON CITY — Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos, Jr. and the rest of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), together with the Bulacan provincial government and the Bulakeños, grieved the death of five brave heroes of the Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (BPDRRMO).
The five Bulacan disaster workers perished during a rescue mission at the height of Super Typhoon Karding on Sunday (September 25).
“Our snappy salute to Narciso Calayag, Jerson Resurreccion, Marvy Bartolome, George Agustin, and Troy Justin Agustin of the BPDRRMO for responding to the call of duty and rendering an unequivocal testament of genuine public service even at the expense of their own lives,” Abalos said in the statement.
He said that reports on the ground stated that the five rescuers went missing on Sunday night, as they were hit by a collapsing wall on board a boat on their way to their rescue mission. Their remains were found at Sitio Banga-Banga, Barangay Camias, San Miguel, Bulacan.
“We extend our deepest condolences and our sincere prayers to the families of the five brave rescuers who, like the thousand others tirelessly working in local government units, including police and fire personnel around the country, have carried us through the storm and exhibited their unparalleled commitment to public service,” Abalos further said.
The DILG chief wished that we may all find inspiration in their dedication to duty and be comforted that their lives were not wasted and were lived for the service of their fellow Filipinos.
Vice President Sara Z. Duterte also extended her condolences to the families of the 5 disaster workers and others whose loved ones also died due to the onslaught of ‘Karding’.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the people affected by Typhoon Karding in Luzon. May I also offer my deepest condolences to the families of those who died during the onslaught of the typhoon,” Duterte said.
Aside from the 5 disaster workers from Bulacan, a resident of Cabangan in Zambales province was swept away and died in a flood when an earth dike yielded due to strong winds and heavy rains. (ai/mtvn)