VALENZUELA CITY, Philippines – All three children who were drowned in Tullahan River during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong were already found on Tuesday (September 18).
The bodies of Rheniel Tejadilla, 13; Kerby Tejadilla, 10; and Jillian Salud, 10, are now laid in state in their homes at Barangay Marulas in Valenzuela City.
They went missing as they were washed away by strong water current while playing near the river.
On the evening of Tuesday, Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go visited their wake to personally extend his condolences and to relay the assistance that the government wished to provide for their families.
“Sa dalawang pamilya ng mga nasawi, sabi ko meron tayong pabahay o housing na tulong ng gobyerno. Tutulong kami at konting cash assistance. Ipinapaabot ni Pangulong Duterte ang kanyang pakikiramay. Sasagutin na rin namin ang pagpapalibing doon sa pribadong cemetery po,” the official said.
Meanwhile, SAP Go took the opportunity to discuss with barangay officials in Marulas how to intensify its information campaign about the dangers of rising water level in Tullahan River especially to residents and most importantly to children living near its banks.
This is because most of the drowning incidents recorded in the area involved children. Go said that he will communicate with the officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the possible construction of fences by the riverside for the safety of residents.
“With the DPWH po and the help of local government unit of Valenzuela para po malagyan po ng safety measures po lalo na yung mga tabing ilog,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Reynante Ponte)
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