DILG: “Ang inyo pong serbisyo ay hindi matatapatan ng kahit anumang halaga lalo na sa panahon ng kalamidad.”
DILG — The Department of the Interior and Local Government mourned the death of 5 rescuers from Bulacan who responded to distress calls during the onslaught of Super Typhoon “Karding”.
Interior Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. said in a statement on Monday that the DILG is joining the Bulacan provincial government in grieving for the 5 rescuers who apparently were from Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (BPDRRMO).
Abalos also extended his deepest condolences and sincere prayers to the families of the deceased rescuers who “have carried us through the storm and exhibited their unparalleled commitment to public service”.
“Ang inyo pong serbisyo ay hindi matatapatan ng kahit anumang halaga lalo na sa panahon ng kalamidad. Salamat po sa inyo!” Abalos said. “May we 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.”
To recall, it was last September 25 when 5 rescuers died at a rescue operation in San Miguel, Bulacan amidst the onslaught of the super typhoon.
According to a report, the remains of the deceased rescuers — George Agustin, Narciso Calayag Jr., Troy Justin Agustin, Jerson Resurreccion, and Marby Bartolome — were found at Sitio Banga-Banga, Barangay Camias, San Miguel, Bulacan.
Meanwhile, a video where 5 rescuers can be seen traveling on their way to their last mission went viral on social media.
In the said video, Agustin and other rescuers were in Sitio Galas, Barangay Camias in San Miguel, Bulacan when a flash flood happened.
Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando said that the flash flood rushed to their location while they were preparing the lifeboats and they were swept away by flash floods.