BAGUIO CITY – The Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) condoled with the families of the five Bulacan PDRRMO rescuers who perished while conducting rescue activities during typhoon Karding.
PMSEA president, Engr. Louie Sarmiento, represented PMSEA at the Luksang Parangal of the Bulacan Provincial Advisory Group for Police Transformation and Development, where the families of the late rescuers received cash assistance.
According to Sarmiento, “Our miners and the rescue workers all over the country can
be hailed as true heroes because they risk their lives to save others during emergencies and calamities.”
It will be recalled that in August 2021, PMSEA activated its Pusong Minero volunteers and embarked on a four-day multi-party search and retrieval operation along Antamok River, barangay Loacan following a landslide.
The Pusong Minero program has been at the forefront of search, rescue and retrieval operations long before the government mandated the LGUs to form rescue teams.
Says Dr Eric S. Andal, resident manager of Itogon-Suyoc Resources, Inc., one of the companies whose ERTs were deployed to help after the Loacan landslide, “Mining companies are really prepared, both skills- and equipment-wise, to quickly react in emergency situations.”