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Gov Gonzaga thanks Army personnel for search and retrieval ops in Maco landslide

Davao de Oro Governor Dorothy M. Gonzaga, together with 2nd District Rep. Ruwel Peter Gonzaga, has expressed her deepest gratitude to the men and women of the Philippine Army for their humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations in the aftermath of flood and landslide in the province, particularly in Barangay Masara, Maco town.

The send-off ceremony and debriefing of the Army personnel held Sunday, February 18, aimed at honoring and providing emotional closure for them, the provincial government said.

The event highlighted the critical role of the military in fostering resilience and unity within the community, it said.

“You’ve done so much! ‘Di ko na ma-express how grateful we are and I cannot also imagine kung kami-kami lang, the fact that you left Manila para tulungan kami and yet you were able to accomplish the mission exceptionally well. Kami sa probinsyal nga panggamhanan pati na ang mga pamilyang namatayan at naka-survived, daghan daghan jud kaayung salamat s inyong tabang,” Gonzaga said.

She underscored the importance of continued collaboration and support among all the stakeholders as the province continues to recover and rebuild in the aftermath of the disaster.

As of February 17, 7 p.m., death toll from the Maco landslide increased to 98 while nine were still missing, the provincial government said, citing the report from Maco Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

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