We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the five rescuers who perished while performing their duties at the height of the typhoon Karding in Luzon on Monday.
The five rescuers of the Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office did not survive after being swept away by floodwaters in the town of San Miguel, Bulacan.
I’m sure the local government units (LGUs) are already giving all the necessary assistance to the aggrieved families. In addition, the regional Field Office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is also making available any form of assistance to the victims’ families.
Various forms of help from good-hearted individuals have also poured in to help the families recover from the tragedy.
We honor such heroic deeds by rescuers who go out of their way to save the lives of fellow Filipinos.
On the other hand, it is fortunate for the rest of us in Luzon that the super typhoon moved out of the Philippines area of responsibility immediately but not without costing P1.2 billion damage.
The DSWD on Wednesday released over P22.7 million in relief assistance to typhoon victims.
As of Sept. 28, we have provided more than P22.7 million worth of food and non-food items (FNIs) as resource augmentation to concerned LGUs.
Although this is not the time to blame anyone for such disasters, we should be constantly reminded that destruction of the natural environment such as the forests in the mountains cause the flash floods in the lowlands.
Also, such destruction of our greeneries aggravates the effects of climate change.
In fact, protecting and conserving the environment can be our way to honor the memory of the heroic five rescuers of Bulacan and all other rescuers and volunteers who previously made the ultimate sacrifice.
No less than President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. raised the concern about climate change when he spoke before the recent United Nations General Assembly as he urged international cooperation to combat its ill-effects.
We have to seriously consider these issues as they will surely affect the future generations to come.