Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Troops recover 8 remains of ‘Pablo’ victims in Davao Oriental

From the Philippine News Agency (Dec 12): Troops recover 8 remains of ‘Pablo’ victims in Davao Oriental

Search and rescue teams retrieved on Tuesday eight dead bodies from the shores and hinterland villages of Davao Oriental, one of the Mindanao provinces hard-hit by typhoon "Pablo" last week, a military official disclosed Wednesday. Army’s 701st Infantry Brigade commander Col. Paterno Morales said that six of the cadavers, which were found Tuesday, were recovered in Cateel, one in Baculin, Baganga and another one in Cabugao Island, Boston. The teams were composed of barangay recovery and retrieval units, Philippine Army (PA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel. “The recovery of missing persons is a priority effort of our government,” Morales said. Morales said that relief goods for victims of typhoon Pablo were coming both from the province and other non-government organizations (NGOs).

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Soliman and Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon led local officials, military, police and NGOs in distributing relief goods in barangay Saoquegue, Baganga town.

Meanwhile, a feeding program initiated by Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) chief Lt. Gen. Jorge Segovia has benefited a total of 800 residents of Barangays Saoquegue and Poblacion, Baganga. Feeding program will also be held in the towns of Cateel and Boston......

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