Darlan Palencia Barcelon
“It is most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done” – Samuel Johnson
Tacloban City -The Search and Rescue team of the humanitarian mission from the province of Albay has emerged as one of the champions in the on-going retrieval operations in Tacloban City.
Their feat was borne out of cataclysm, by conquering their primal fears collectively as a team by slowly acclimatizing to the situation as part of their call of duty.
Holding and pulling out a decomposing cadavers from tons of debris including water search and rescue is not an easy task.
“Picking the dead is a dirty job, we must be honest about it, but we were able to adjust promptly in order to accomplish our daily objectives to retrieve bodies under our safety standards, the group admitted.
“The hardship on our part is enormous, but we have to do our job, because its part of the mission. The only solace we feel, we patiently retrieved them and have them buried. Wherever they are now, perhaps, we made their souls happy”, one of the member of Search and Rescue team quipped.
No matter how heavy the task is, the enttire rescue team from Albay, they showed their big hearts and broad shoulders to carry on the task as the first responder to the disaster zone.
The Search and Rescue team is composed of seasoned rescuers from BFP-SRU, NAVFORSOL Disaster Response Unit, TOG-5 Search and Rescue Unit, and the 9th Infantry Division Disaster Response Team under the Team Albay humanitarian mission.
Rebuilding Tacloban City will take some time and will depend on the collective will of every Taclobanon to rise again.
“Tindog Taclobanon” is now their battle cry on how they will going to rebuild an empowered and resilient community and rise again, rests on their collective will to make a turn around, however they should honor their dead, by burying them first.
The destructions brought by Typhoon Yolanda [international name Haiyan] in this “Highly Urbanized City” of Region XIII [Eastern Visayas] is now both a threat and opportunity. Resiliency will be the bench mark on how to rebuild Tacloban City out from its present state of “valley of death and destruction”, the team stressed.
Team Albay and the entire Search and Rescue team is always willing to extend humanitarian mission as the need arises. We are somehow privileged to be a part of this mission in searching the dead in Tacloban City to ease their pains of those who lost their loved ones and properties under the doctrine of kindness, brotherhood and humanitarianism.