Las Piñas Lone District Rep. Camille Villar on Tuesday called on the House of Representatives to lead the nation in honoring the heroism demonstrated by first responders to recent typhoons that battered huge parts of Luzon.
Villar filed House Resolution No. 1354 to commend “heroic first responders who live the legacy of Bayanihan” and put their lives at risk to extend help and rescue victims who found themselves in various predicaments during the typhoons.
In HR 1354, Villar urged the Lower House to express its “collective support and commendation to the men and women in uniform, local government units, non-government organizations and other private organizations and individuals for their valiant efforts in helping our countrymen in the rescue and relief operations during the recent typhoons that hit the Philippines.”
She noted that “despite limitations in water and air assets and sophisticated equipment side-by-side with the magnitude of damage and hundreds of thousands of people affected,” emergency workers, most of them from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police and Philippine Coast Guard, took active roles in saving lives and property at the height of the typhoons.
Civilian authorities from national agencies and local government units also placed their safety in jeopardy in their bid to assist the victims.
Villar said giving them commendation and recognition for the various degrees of heroism they showed is just proper.
“Our men in uniform showed heroic deeds amid the challenges and obvious high risk to their lives in rescuing families in their houses at the height of the onslaught of the past typhoons,” said Villar.
Local government units were at the forefront in rescue and relief efforts despite lack of funds and they need all the assistance they can get as they have already stretched their resources on the back of the response to the pandemic and back-to-back calamities, Villar pointed out.
Villar likewise noted the “active participation, assistance and support” of the Philippine Red Cross, non government organizations, international humanitarian missions, and private individuals are “immeasurable and must be recognized accordingly.”