Villagers unearth six unidentified skeletal a day before “Yolanda” second year anniversary

TACLOBAN CITY  — Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez on Saturday appealed to the government to seriously consider creating disaster and calamity preparedness department that will address the needs of the affected persons and areas.

Villagers recover six more skeletal remains of victims of super typhoon "Yolanda", which hit the country in November 2013, on Saturday in Brgy. 87, San Jose, Tacloban. San Jose village chief Leo Bahin said the skeletal remains were found while residents were gathering woods from fallen trees in the area. LILYBETH ISON/PNA
Villagers recover six more skeletal remains of victims of super typhoon “Yolanda”, which hit the country in November 2013, on Saturday in Brgy. 87, San Jose, Tacloban. San Jose village chief Leo Bahin said the skeletal remains were found while residents were gathering woods from fallen trees in the area. LILYBETH ISON/PNA

His appeal was aggravated when six unidentified skeletal remains were found two years after the devastating typhoon Yolanda struck the Eastern and Central part of Visayas.

“It only proves that there are many people died and believed missing up to now,” Romualdez said after the unidentified skeleton placed in six separate cadaver bags were presented to him by barangay officials.

He said that they would ask experts to determine the identity of the victims which they believed that the bodies were washed out from nearby barangays.

He said that they would ask experts to determine the identity of the victims which they believed that the bodies were washed out from nearby barangays.

Barangay (village) 87 chief Leo Bahin said that some of his constituents reported to him that they found several skulls and skeleton at the vicinity of San Jose National High School.

“This is tragic. We really need to have an agency that will address their concerns,” Romualdez pointed out.

Creating an agency under one roof, Congress can allot needed funds including relief goods to immediately deliver the goods when disaster struck anew.

With this, he said delivery of services would be immediate, which could save precious lives and properties.

He added that if not enacted into law, he would pushed the same bill in the next Congress if he was able to be chosen among the 12 new lawmakers of the Senate in the 17th Congress.

Village residents found the skeletal remains on Friday while cleaning the grassy portion of San Jose National High School. They believe the remains were victims of super typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

“This is not the first time we found human remains. But so far this has the most number in just one day,” said Bahin.

Almost every month, residents of Manlurip in San Jose district recover bodies of typhoon victims.

Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Edgar Posadas said that it was still not conclusive that the recovered remains were actual victims of Yolanda.

“But by tracing back the history of the place, it is only Yolanda that can trigger to such effect of massive death,” he added

The skeletal remains will be turned over to the Bureau of Fire Protection, the agency in charge of recovering bodies of typhoon Yolanda victims, according to Posadas. Sammy F. Martin and Roel T. Amazona/PNA

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