Retrieval operations after Itogon landslides speed up

BAGUIO, Philippines – With backhoes and professional miners from Philex Mines and other big mines, retrieval operations after the twin landslides in Itogon, Benguet, have sped up.

Ten unidentified bodies were recovered on Saturday, September 22.

The dead in Cordillera reached at least 92. Of this number, the death toll in Itogon reached at least 69 as of Saturday.

Forty-three were missing, with two in Barangay Guisad in Baguio. Forty-one remained missing in Itogon.

But these used to be 43, as two were found alive and kicking. Not really a miracle as they appeared in person and cleared their names.

Fermin Hangdaan came last September 20 to the control center in Ucab and cleared himself.

He said he was out of town when the typhoon struck.

NOT MISSING. Private miner Samuel Bulintao was busy helping in digging out his neighbors in Ucab when someone told him that he was listed among the missing. He went to the control center and showed his ID to prove that he is alive. Photo courtesy of Itogon police

NOT MISSING. Private miner Samuel Bulintao was busy helping in digging out his neighbors in Ucab when someone told him that he was listed among the missing. He went to the control center and showed his ID to prove that he is alive.

Photo courtesy of Itogon police

The next day, Samuel Bulintao also showed his ID and asked that his name be taken off the list.

Bulintao was actually among the 900 volunteers in the rescue and retrieval operations when someone told him that he was officially missing. – Rappler.com