Philex rescue team still in quake-hit Bohol-A A +A
Thursday, October 24, 2013
PHILEX miners are still in the thick of search, rescue and retrieval operations in quake hit Bohol.
Libby Ricafort, vice president for Operations of Philex Mining Corp. and resident manager, said an eight-man team was deployed to Bohol on October 18, three days after the killer quake hit the tourist island.
"They are deployed in the worst hit areas there," Ricafort said.
He said the team of miners sent to the site and have an open time table and will be there as long as the rescuers are needed by the community.
The team of miners is in Bayong Falls in Sagbayan, a landslide area which was one of the hardest hit in hopes to find survivors.
The team is composed of miners equipped with light rescue materials and the expertise to scourge through the rubble left by the killer quake in Bohol.
The Philex team has been responding to rescue operations since the 1990 killer earthquake which devastated Baguio City.
Highland miners participated in rescue efforts in landslide-prone areas such as Baguio, Benguet and La Trinidad and are always on standby to lend assistance to the victims, with the search for survivors as priority.
The rescue group is working hand in hand with government and the military to search for survivors and recover bodies.
Several mining companies have gathered to help Bohol in search, retrieval and rescue efforts including Philsaga Mining of Davao, Carmen Copper of Cebu and Limestone Corp. of Bohol.
These teams were deployed to several areas, bringing hydraulic equipment demolition hammers, harnesses, hook bars, rotating cutters, spine boards, breathing apparatus, first aid kits as well as a generator set to assist in the recovery efforts.
Rescue and recovery teams from government and private volunteer groups are racing against time to search for victims, with the death toll now over 200.
Mike Toledo, Philex senior vice president for Corporate Affairs, said the MVP group of companies has pitched in efforts to help Bohol through its Tulong Kapatid operation.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 25, 2013.