CITY OF MALOLOS–The families of five Bulacan fallen rescuers on Monday received P2-million worth each financial assistance from Ramon S. Ang of San Miguel Corporation (SMC).
Ang, Chief Executive Officer of the company was joined by Gov. Daniel Fernando and Bulacan provincial disaster risk reduction and management office (PDRRMO) chief Felicizima Mungcal including Third District Rep. Lorna Silverio and Special Assistant to the Governor Michaelangelo Lobrin in handing the P2-million worth checks to the respective kin of Troy Justin Agustin, George Agustin, Marby Bartolome, Jerson Ressurreccion and Narciso Calayag Jr. who died while rescuing flash flood victims at the height of Super Typhoon Karding in San Miguel town last Sept. 25.
Ang said he joins millions of Filipinos who will forever be grateful for the bravery and sacrifice and dedication to duty of the five Bulacan PDRRMO rescuers.
“I join fellow Filipinos in thanking our brave rescuers for their heroism. My hope is that their families will get to see how much we all appreciate them. They inspire us to do selfless deeds in our everyday lives. Their ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty will not be forgotten” Ang said.
Jessa Agustin, wife of Troy expressed deep appreciation on what she said is an unexpected help from Ang and SMC and said the funds will help secure the education and the future of their children.
“Sobrang pasasalamat po. Hindi po namin ine-expect po ito at sobra-sobra po itong natanggap namin mula kay RSA at sa SMC. Para po ito sa kanilang edukasyon at kinabukasan,” she said
Minhah Bartolome, wife of Marby also expressed the same elation. She said with the help of Mr. Ang, the future of their family is already secured particularly the education of their children.
“Wala po kaming masabi kundi thank you. Nakakagulat po yung tulong na ibinigay sa amin ni Mr. Ang. Napakabukas palad nya na tao, wala po kaming masabi. Sa kanya po parang maliit na halaga lang ito pero para sa amin ay napakalaking tulong po ito,”said Michelle Resurreccion, wife of Jerson.
Ang also provided the families with start up business package livelihood through a freezer and sets of frozen good products to sell in their communities.
“No amount of money can pay for the sacrifices made by our five heroes, but I am hopeful that the assistance would help ease the burden of their families during this difficult time and allow them to start over again,” Ang said.
“While they can immediately use the financial assistance for their family’s needs, our long term goal is to help them thrive through our community reselling program. Our business teams are ready to help them every step of the way to ensure that their ventures are successful and can sustainably provide for them,” he added.
In 2017, SMC also extended P330 million worth of business startup packages to the families of 166 families of soldiers and policemen who were killed in action in the Marawi siege.
SMC’s business startup package for the families of Marawi soldiers and policemen allowed them to select any franchised business from SMC, including Kambal Pandesal, BMEG Feeds, and TJ Hotdog.