Calamity workers, volunteers lauded on Nat’l Heroes Day

LAOAG CITY — As the country celebrates National Heroes Day, the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 1 has lauded frontline workers in risk reduction and management and volunteers who continue to help and respond to calls for help from victims of floods brought about by incessant, heavy monsoon rains.

Over the past few days, members of the national, regional, municipal, and barangay disaster risk reduction and management councils have been braving the torrents in search and rescue operations in highly vulnerable areas.

Some have also been working overnight to pack relief goods and keep residents updated on the situation.

“Ngayong National Heroes Day, binabati ko po at nagpapasalamat sa ating mga kasamahan sa NDRRMC, RDRRMC 1, MDRRMC 1 na tumulong at nagresponde sa pangangailangan ng ating mga kailians dahil sa sunud-sunod na habagat. Kayo po ang banuar ti amianan (On this National Heroes Day, I greet and thank our members in the NDRRMC, RDRRMC, and MDRRMC for their help and for responding to the needs of our province-mates affected by the continuous monsoon rains. You are the heroes of the north,” OCD Director Melchito Castro from Region 1 said on Monday.

While classes and work were suspended in affected areas of the region due to the monsoon rains, government frontline agencies and volunteers continue to work overtime to save lives and give relief to the calamity-affected residents in the region.