Secretary Mark Villar confirms losing 4 DPWH workers while doing clearing operations in Ifugao after typhoon Ulysses

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  • Secretary Mark Villar announced through the DPWH social media account that four of his men did not survive a landslide incident while performing clearing operations
  • The men – two of whom were engineers – a driver and a laborer were unblocking an area along Nueva Vizcaya-Ifugao-Mt. Province Road
  • The secretary reminded his men to be extra careful and practice intense precautionary measures while performing their duties to prevent another casualty

Secretary Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways confirmed that four of his men faced misfortune while in the line of duty doing clearing operations in Ifugao.

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The Department of Public Works and Highways’s social media account revealed that these men who are members of DPWH Ifugao 2nd District Engineering Office Quick Response Team were buried in a landslide while clearing a blocked road in Ifugao Province.

“It is with a heavy heart to confirm that two (2) workers – a driver and a laborer – were retrieved dead, and two (2) engineers who are still missing were among those buried by a landslide at Sitio Nabito, Viewpoint, Banaue, Ifugao at 5:40 pm Thursday, November 12, 2020,” he said.

Two men who were recovered after the landslide incident caused by the typhoon were identified as driver Joel Chur-ig and laborer John Duclog. Later, lifeless bodies of two other men named Engineers John Limoh and Julius Gulayan were recovered by the search, rescue and retrieval operations of the DPWH.

They were part of a five-man team of Banaue Satellite Office who responded to reports of numerous slides along Nueva Vizcaya-Ifugao-Mt. Province Road on November 12. When they reached the site, heavy rains forced them to seek shelter in a house but mud and rocks from the mountain slope rolled down damaging the structure they were in. One laborer who was part of the team luckily survived since he was on the other side of the road when the incident happened.

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Secretary Villar said, “My thoughts and prayers go out to our personnel who bravely served our country and paid the ultimate price. We will extend all efforts to look for the missing and support the families of the victims. Let us pray that those missing will be found.”

Following the sad news, Secretary Villar encouraged his men to be extra careful and have sound safety practices to make sure that there will never be another casualty among them who are doing their best to perform their duties.

“Our hardworking quick response teams – unsung heroes for site-responsive actions as first road responders during calamities, are encouraged to be more watchful and intensify precautionary measures.”

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