- 3 construction workers were buried after a landslide incident in a sandy tourist spot in La Union
- 2 died on spot while one was rescued and is now in stable condition
Three construction workers at the Urbiztondo surfing area in La Union were buried after a landslide from a nearby hill during their break time on Saturday. Two died on the spot while one was rescued.
Police provincial office spokesman Supt. Silverio Ordinado identified the victims as Bernie Delos Trinos, 25, a mason; Jovy Lima, 41, a carpenter and Loreto Barroga, 56, also a mason and the only one who survived.
According to investigations, the workers who were constructing a food court and hostel beside the hill in the tourist spot were having a snack break around 3 p.m. when a portion of the hill collapsed on them.
The victims scampered for safety but they got buried in the rubble.
The soil in the eroded site was found to be sandy and can loosen easily as it is in the sea surfing zone.
Provincial and municipal disaster risk reduction management rescuers retrieved the lifeless bodies of Delos Trinos and Lima while Barroga was found alive and was immediately brought to a local hospital.
Barroga is now in stable condition.
The three were working for ECDI Engineering and Construction with an office at San Fernando City, La Union.
Labor and Employment regional director Nathaniel Lacambra, said in a radio interview that they will meet with the contractors to find out whether they complied with pre-construction safety and protection management and will decide on financial assistance for the aggrieved parties.
A work stoppage order in the construction site has been issued and further investigation of the incident is underway.