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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

Falling boulder kills 35-year-old miner in Pasil

Updated: Jan 12, 2023

Pasil, Kalinga – Falling boulders at the “Minahan ng Bayan” in Barangay Galdang, Pasil killed a 35-year-old miner over the weekend, local police said.

This is so far the first mine collapse incident reported in the locality since Acting Chief of Police, PMAJ Garry Gayamos assumed office.

The chief of Pasil PNP believes the heavy rainfall and temblor felt in the previous days may have triggered the rock collapse that caused the death of Milnar Bag-ayan from the same village.

Police investigation states the victim entered the pit at the “minahan” at Sitio Magadgad, Galdang around 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 03. It was around 6 a.m. of Sunday when his companions noticed that he has not returned to their camp yet. They then went to look for him inside the pit.

The miners found the victim covered by boulders. With no signal in the area, they had to find a place with a cellular network to inform his relatives of the incident before retrieving the unconscious victim.

The police personnel received the information from Punong Barangay Paul Massagan of Galdang around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, relayed Gayamos.

In response, Gayamos immediately coordinated with Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Marlyn Pagutayao and organized a rescue and retrieval operation team. While on their way to the mining area, the team met the community along Ma-angli, Galdang carrying the victim’s body.

Municipal Health Officer Aldrin Siwao tried to resuscitate Bag-ayan by carrying out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) but failed. He was declared dead around 1:40 p.m. of the same day and was brought to their residence in the village.

'Be security conscious' - Gayamos to miners

Gayamos advised miners to be security conscious at all times.

“Dapat security conscious da, masapul nga ammu da ngay nu kasdiay nga agtudo, aggingined, medyo han da pay nga sumsumrek ta urayen da pay enggana agsubside wennu tumangken dagitoy dagdaga,” he said.

The local police chief will further schedule a visit to the miners to provide security measure tips in order to prevent such untoward occurrences from happening.

Meantime, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Segundina Gumabay disclosed their office is now processing the local government unit’s financial assistance as they condole with the family of the deceased.


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