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Kidapawan and health officials meet to coordinate efforts to carry our a water, sanitation and hygiene program in the earthquake-hit city in North Cotabato. Discussing plans are Psalmer Bernalte (left), Kidapawan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office chief, Engr. Ma. Carmela Roa (right), and Dr. David Mendoza, assistant director of the Department of Health in Region 10. (photo by Erwin Mascariñas)

Ailing man, baby, four others among those rescued in landslide

By ERWIN MASCARIÑAS
Correspondent .

KIDAPAWAN City – A family of six, including a bedridden male and an infant, have been rescued after authorities feared that their house was covered by the Oct. 31 landslide.

According to the report from the Provincial Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center, the rescue operation conducted was based on the information provided by a daycare teacher, Liza Pari, that a family of six people was trapped in Sitio Limonso, Barangay Maibo in Magsaysay town.

The 2nd Davao del Sur Provincial Mobile Force Company, medical and K9 teams from the Coast Guard and the Bureau of Fire Protection-Special Rescue Unit conducted the rescue mission.

The rescued individuals have been identified as Malissa Muñoz, 16; Amanda Balilid, 84; Imelda Emilio, 46; Felipe Emilio, 55; Ronnie Masili, 33, who is bedridden, and nine-month-old infant Reymar Masil.

On Tuesday, the team validated the operation site for the ongoing search and retrieval operations but was put on hold because of the cracks that were seen in the area. It was through images provided by the drone that the rescue team was able to fully evaluate the situation for the rescue mission the next day.

The JPSCC report pointed out that the team left by foot from Purok 8, Barangay Maibo at around 12:15 pm Wednesday and arrived at the house of the trapped family in Sitio Limonso at around 2:15 pm.

A doctor from the PSC medical team provided the initial intervention before the team brought the family to the incident center.

The rescue team brought two victims safely to the evacuation center in Barangay Maibo, while the other four members were brought to Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City.

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