- Posted January 2, 2014 by
Phl gov’t hurries to bury 1,400 Haiyan victims
THE Philippine government on Thursday said concerned agencies are working double time for the burial of more than 1,400 victims of typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) in Tacloban City.
Speaking for the government, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Secretary Panfilo Lacson is now working closely with health and public works officials for the speedy burial of the typhoon victims.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has also been tapped to carefully document unburied cadavers as required by the International Police (Interpol) standards before they are finally laid to rest.
Coloma said modifications for the identification of the victims were being studied to further speed up the process and to bury the bodies at the soonest possible time.
“Based on the observations of other agencies and these were already conveyed to the NBI, perhaps (identification) procedures can be modified since the Interpol procedures are being used to gather evidence in criminal cases, right? So these are more detailed,” Coloma said.
He added: “What we’re dealing with are victims of calamity, not victims of crimes. That's why, this is one of the points being discussed and once they agreed, they will be able to address the concern, they will be able to be more efficient in the identification process.”
The health department has sent additional body bags and protective kits for personnel doing the works, more backhoes and payloaders from the public works, and a forensic team from the NBI.