By Liza Soriano
Sen. Robin Padilla (Newspapers.ph courtesy)
MANILA — In honor of the five volunteer rescuers who perished in San Miguel Bulacan while performing their duties at the height of Super Typhoon Karding, Senator Robin Padilla filed a measure recognizing their courage, and dedication to service.
In his Senate Resolution 234, Padilla recognized the courage of the five members of the Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office. They were Narciso Calayag Jr., Jerson Resurreccion, Marby Bartolome, George Agustin, and Troy Agustin.
Witnesses claim the five were assisting residents who fled their houses inundated by floods brought about by Karding in Sitio Galas in Barangay Camias in San Miguel, Bulacan when the horrible incident happened.
According to reports, the five perished after a sudden floodwater surge tore down through a concrete wall and a powerful water current swamped the team’s lifeboat away.
The remains of the five were retrieved later in Sitio Banga-Banga in Barangay Camias.
“Whereas, the heroism and bravery shown by these five men, who sacrificed their lives to save their people, is an exemplary act worthy of praise and emulation and more importantly, an embodiment of dedication, courage, devotion to duty, and commitment to public service,” Padilla said in his resolution.
“Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Senate, as it is hereby resolved, to express profound condolences to the bereaved families of and to posthumously accord the highest commendation to Narciso Calayag, Jerson Resurreccion, Marvy Bartolome, George Agustin, and Troy Justin Agustin who perished while performing their heroic and solemn duties in the rescue operations at the height of Super Typhoon Karding,” Padilla stressed in his Senat Resolution. (ai/mtvn)