Na­tonin sur­vivors res­cued

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Maria Elena Cata­jan Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Re­porters

AT LEAST four­teen sur­vivors were res­cued and four bod­ies were re­trieved from the build­ing of the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways Sec­ond En­gi­neer­ing District in Moun­tain Prov­ince buried by a land­slide dur­ing the height of Typhoon Rosita at Barangay Banawel,Na­tonin, Moun­tain Prov­ince.

Na­tonin Coun­cilor Rafael Bu­lawe, said as of 12:50 in the af­ter­noon of Oc­to­ber 31, there were 14 sur­vivors, five of them were iden­ti­fied as Joventino La­mawen, In­no­cen­cio Gollingay, Fritz Ger­ald Lumpanga, Jupiter

Gaawan, Jun Jun Machanum.

The bod­ies re­trieved were iden­ti­fied as Ben­ito Falangkad Lon­gad and Jef­frey Na­gawa Salang-ey, while the 2 still uniden­ti­fied.

Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cilor, Ju­ventino Gal­lad Lam­mawen and Fritz Lumpanga were the first to be res­cued, not far from where the land­slide oc­cured.

Ac­cord­ing to Lam­mawen, while he was clos­ing the main gate of the com­pound around 4 p.m. on Tues­day, he saw the soil on the moun­tain start­ing to move, prompt­ing him to jump in­side the cul­vert for safety.

Mean­while, the North­ern Lu­zon Com­mand of the Philip­pine Army is now in the process of con­sol­i­dat­ing and ac­count­ing its res­cue per­son­nel who will be sent to Na­tonin to as­sist in the search, res­cue and re­trieval op­er­a­tions at the col­lapsed build­ing of the DPWH.

NOLCOM Spokesper­son Ma­jor Eric­s­son Bu­lu­san ex­plained the res­cue teams are now form­ing a team in their head­quar­ters to pre­pare for their de­ploy­ment.

“We are now as­sem­bling our team and while here at the com­mand cen­ter, we are co­or­di­nat­ing with our ground unit in Na­tonin for us to con­sol­i­date and ac­count for all our re­spon­ders de­ployed and to be de­ployed in the area,” Bu­lu­san said.

Aside from the de­ploy­ment of search and res­cue teams in Na­tonin, NOLCOM have started its hu­man­i­tar­ian and dis­as­ter re­sponse op­er­a­tions in North­ern and Cen­tral Lu­zon which was af­fected by Typhoon Rosita. The area of re­spon­si­bil­ity by NOLCOM cov­ers Ifu­gao, Moun­tain Prov­ince, Benguet, Nueva Viz­caya, Pan­gasi­nan, La Union and Ilo­cos Sur.

“The dis­as­ter Re­sponse Task Unit of NOLCOM de­ployed in the ar­eas af­fected by Typhoon Rosita have co­or­di­nated with the dif­fer­ent lo­cal DRRMC’s(Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Coun­cils), and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Units to ex­tend help in the af­fected ar­eas,” Bu­lu­san added.

Photo by Jean Ni­cole Cortes

RE­MEM­BER­ING THE DE­PARTED. Chris­tians flock to the ceme­ter­ies to remember the dearly de­parted to pray for peace on All Saint’s Day.

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