Palace: System in place to identify 'Yolanda' fatalities

November 18, 2013 7:18 am 

MANILA, Nov. 17 — Malacanang on Sunday assured the public a system is now in place to identify the fatalities left by super typhoon "Yolanda."

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said such a system was outlined by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

"Susundin ‘yung protocol hinggil diyan. At isa sa mga natalakay kahapon ‘yung, sa halip na naka-expose ang mga cadaver at saka ‘yung mga body bag sa tabi ng lansangan, pansamantala munang ilalagay ang mga ito sa mga mabababang libingan para ma-facilitate ang pag-a-identify ‘pag hahantong na po sa yugtong ‘yon (We will follow the protocol for identifying the dead. But we may temporarily bury the remains in a shallow grave instead of leaving them on the street)," he said on government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Secretary Coloma also said Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin took up other measures to address the matter.

Citing information from the Department of Health, he said there has been progress on the issue.

Yolanda left more than 3,000 dead after it ravaged Visayas and Southern Luzon.

"Nakapaglibing na po ng maraming nasawi dahil sa kalamidad. Nasa ayos naman po ang kalagayan ng mga body bags na inihahanda sa mga appropriate burial sites. Kaya sa ngayon po ay naisaayos na ang programa ng pagpapalibing sa mga nasawi (Many have buried their dead and body bags have been properly placed in appropriate burial sites. We are ironing out details for burying the dead)," he said. (PNA)

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