MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday personally awarded two employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) who survived a helicopter crash during relief operations for victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
Aquino, assisted by Social Welfare Sec. Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman, gave awards of recognition to Danny Franco Bitara and Noemi Mongaya during the 63rd anniversary celebration of the DSWD in Quezon City.
Bitara, municipal link at the DSWD Field Office 5, and Mongaya, social welfare assistant at the DSWD Field Office 8, were on board a Huey chopper last December 6 to deliver relief goods to La Paz, Leyte when it crashed.
In recounting the crash, Bitara said he was just happy he could help typhoon victims.
“Masaya ako dahil, nakakatulong ako sa mga tao dahil wala naman ako pinansiyal na maibibigay sa kapwa ko kaya pinagbubutihan ko ang trabaho ko para sa mga nangangailangan,” he said in a previous interview.
Aquino, in his speech after the awarding, praised the two for their efforts.
“Kayo ang ehemplo ng mga tunay na tagapaglingkod ng mamamayang Pilipino,” he said. (MNS)