Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando has vowed that the families of the five rescuers who died in the line of duty in San Miguel town will receive all the benefits due them.
The governor paid tribute to the heroic efforts of the five rescuers, who were swept away by raging flood water while conducting rescue operations during the onslaught of Typhoon Karding.
“Kulang ang mga salita upang ipahayag ang aking kalungkutan sa naganap na trahedya sa ating mga kasamang rescuers ng Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office,” Fernando said in a Philippine News Agency report.
“Sa ngalan ng lalawigan ng Bulacan, ako ay taos-pusong nagpapasalamat at ikinararangal ang kanilang ipinamalas na kabayanihan at matapat na pagtupad sa kanilang tungkulin, sukdulang isakripisyo ang kanilang sariling buhay,” he added.
The governor said the provincial government will turn over all the benefits intended for the victims to their respective families, including his personal donation.
Fernando said he personally made funeral arrangements for the victims.
According to the PNA report, the remains of the five rescuers lie in state at the Glory to God Funeral Services in San Miguel and will be transported back to their respective families after the autopsy.