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PIA Press Release
2009/10/08

Disaster team figures in accident while surveying "Pepeng" damage in Cagayan

Buguey, Cagayan (8 October) -- Office of the Civil Defense Regional Director Melchito Castro, Executive Officer of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) Region 2 and Aides from the United Nations foreign humanitarian assistance met vehicular accident while conducting rapid damage assessment brought by typhoon "Pepeng" and giving assistance to the evacuated families here.

Castro together with some members of RDCC-2, particularly the disaster action officers of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Social welfare and Development, and the foreign aides were on board the diplomatic car of the UN troops purposely to assist the damaged areas of this municipality when a dump truck hit the left portion of their vehicle.

Director Castro sustained slight injuries on his head and Mr. Hector Tabbun of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 2 sustained fracture on his arm while their companions were spared.

"I am thankful that we are alive. I am back and I feel okay except for Mr. Hector Tabbun who is now in the hospital because of his fractured arm. I'm also thankful that our UN aides who are giving assistance to us are safe," Castro said.

Director Castro has gone back to work while Tabbun is still in the hospital and under observation to determine the extent of his fractured arm which has to be operated. Though Castro was advised to submit himself for a CT scan, he said he feels okay and can perform again his duties.

Castro said he needs to return to work despite his sustained injuries because of the threatening typhoon "Pepeng" and of typhoon "Quedan" that are affecting Northern Luzon.

"I am already 35 years in this kind of work and I'm so blessed to have this kind of job… a job to save lives," Castro's heroic line. Some officials of Region 2 have expressed their concerns for Director Castro and his companions but congratulated him for still performing his duties despite the accident. (Oliver B./PIA 2) [top]

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