Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo Monday commended all who participated in the retrieval operations for the trapped treasure hunters in Sibulan town, Negros Oriental, early this month, and said incentives will be given soon.
Remollo said all city government employees, who were deployed as first responders and later participated in the retrieval operations for the three trapped treasurer hunters in Boloc-Boloc, Sibulan, will receive a pay increase as incentive.
These include the 17 members of the rescue team, nine personnel from the City Engineer’s Office, 25 from the Bureau of Fire Protection, and three employees “for risking their lives just to recover the remains of the victims during the three-day operations.”
Assistant City Administrator, Dr. Dinno Depositario, will facilitate the pay increase of the responders in recognition of their dedication to service beyond what is required of them.
The sanggunians of Dumaguete and Sibulan are also expected to present resolutions commending the hard work and determination of the rescuers in performing their tasks.
It is also expected that the commendation for BFP personnel will be addressed to higher headquarters with a strong recommendation for promotion.
Despite the danger and fatigue due to lack of sleep, the responders, including the operators of the heavy equipment deployed by Remollo, persevered just to recover the remains of the victims so that their families can give them decent burial.
The victims were Algie Emia Javier, Bobby Acibo Baldado, and Feliciano Parao Encilay. Their companion, Mauro Icong Alforque, managed escape being buried alive as he was some distance away from the three fatalities when the tunnel they were in collapsed.
The victims and a certain Christine Amarante Singh agreed to dig for treasure in her property as early as November 2018 without necessary permits from regulating bodies, including the municipality of Sibulan.*
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