All city government employees, who were deployed as first responders and later participated in the retrieval operations for the three trapped treasurer hunters in Boloc-Boloc Sibulan will receive pay increases as their incentive.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo led a simple ceremony at the City Quadrangle (after the Monday flag raising ceremony) to commend the 17 members of the rescue team, 9 personnel from the City Engineer’s Office, 25 officers from the Bureau of Fire Protection and 3 other employees for risking their lives just to recover the remains of the victims during the three-day operations.

Also present during the awarding ceremony are Councilor Manuel Arbon, Councilor Lilani Ramon, Vice Mayor Franklin Esmeña Jr., Councilors Alan Cordova, Michael Bandal, Karissa Tolentino-Maxino and Liga ng mga Barangay President Dione Amores.

Assistant City Administrator Dr. Dinno T. Depositario will facilitate the pay increase of the responders in recognition of their dedication to service beyond what is required of them.

The respective Sanggunians of Dumaguete and Sibulan are also expected to present resolutions commending the industry and determination of the rescuers in performing their tasks.

It is also expected that the commendation for the fire officers will be addressed to higher headquarters with a strong recommendation for their promotion.

Despite the danger and fatigue due to lack of sleep, the responders, including the operators of the heavy equipment deployed by Mayor Remollo persevered just to recover the remains of the victim so that their families can afford them decent burials.

Authorities identified the three victims of the tragedy as Algie Emia Javier, Bobby Acibo Baldado and Feliciano Parao Encilay while a certain Mauro Icong Alforque managed escape being buried alive as he was some distance away from the three fatalities.

(CREDITS to NORSU Mass Communication students Nina Princess F. Teriapel and Chrismae Joy B. Roque)