To honor the heroism of the rescuers who died when Typhoon Karding ravaged Luzon, Bulacan provincial government on Friday, September 30, held a tribute ceremony at the capitol’s gymnasium.
Local officials, including rescuers from other Bulacan towns and cities – and even from other regions – paid their last respects on George E. Agustin, Troy Justin P. Agustin, Marby B. Bartolome, Jerson L. Resurrecion, and Narciso Calayag Jr.
A mass was also presided over by Bishop Dennis Villarojo of the Diocese of Malolos. After the ceremony, the public viewing started and would last until Saturday, October 1 – the same day George, Troy, Marby, and Narciso would be laid to rest. Jerson will be buried on October 2, according to his family.
Click the video above to watch the recap of Rappler reporter Jairo Bolledo. – Rappler.com
According to the provincial government of Bulacan, several private organizations, government agencies, and business people have extended assistance to the families left behind by the rescuers who perished. These included cash aid from the DSWD, Bulacan Rescue and Insular Life, Governor Daniel Fernando, PAGCOR chair Al Tengco, and former vice president Leni Robredo’s Angat Buhay Foundation. Congressmen and women pledged cash assistance as well.
Each family also received scholarships from the Bulacan State University and from Century Peak Holding Corporation chair Wilfredo Keng, through daughter Katrina Keng. Businessman Ramon Ang of San Miguel Corporation also gave the families cash assistance and business starter packages.
Here’s a list of organizations through which you can donate to help the communities affected by Tropical Storm Paeng.