MALOLOS CITY (PIA) — National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) conferred the Bakas Parangal ng Kagitingan to five rescuers of Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office who died in the line of service at the height of Super Typhoon Karding.
George Agustin, Troy Justin Agustin, Marby Bartolome, Jerson Resureccion, and Narciso Calayag Jr. were posthumously awarded during the tribute organized by the provincial government of Bulacan on Friday.
Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Administrator Raymundo Ferrer lauded the rescuers as he paid his respect in behalf of NDRRMC Chairperson and Defense Senior Undersecretary Jose Faustino Jr.
“Ang Bulacan po ay nabansagang Land of the Heroes. Naniniwala po ako na pinatotohanan po ng ating mga rescuers na totoong Land of the Heroes and Bulacan. Sana po ay maging halimbawa ang ipinakita nilang kabayanihan at tularan lalo na po ng ating mga kabataan. Nagpapasalamat din po ako na ang Bulacan ay isang halimbawa na buhay na buhay ang volunteerism sa ating bansa” he said.
Ferrer, OCD Regional Director Cesar Idio and other officials handed the plaque, certificate, and cash assistance to the families of the fallen heroes.
Bakas Parangal ng Kagitingan is bestowed by NDRRMC to individuals who exhibited extraordinary acts of bravery by extending assistance to those in need in times of disaster beyond the call of duty.
Moreover, Bakas Parangal is a recognition of merit and token of thanksgiving bestowed by NDRRMC to individuals or groups who have exerted exemplary and extraordinary acts of selflessness in reaching out to those who are in urgent need of assistance in times of calamities and disasters. (CLJD/SFV-PIA 3)