Public warned against unauthorized solicitations for accident victims

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The local government warned the public against alleged impostors posing as employees of the City General Services Office going around business establishments soliciting resources for the families of the victims of a tragic accident along the Palispis Highway involving a city-owned garbage truck that claimed the lives of 6 people and inflicted injuries to three others.

City General Services Officer Eugene Buyucan disclosed there was no individual or group of persons authorized to solicit from business establishments, resources for the families of the accident victims because the city government already raised substantial resources equitably distributed to the families of the fatalities and the injured volunteers.

He urged establishment owners being visited by the impostors posing as authorized persons of the city to immediately report the matter to the concerned offices of the city government or the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) for proper action.

Earlier, City Social Welfare officer Betty Fangasan disclosed that the families of the 2 permanent employees of the city government and 3 volunteers who died from the freak accident received a total of some P425,000 in funeral benefits and financial assistance, including the driver of the trailer truck that was bumped during the aid incident, while the families and authorized beneficiaries of the 3 injured volunteers also received a total of P60,000 from the city.

On his part, Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong also shelled out P30,000 each for the families of the fatalities and the injured accident victims.

Buyucan added that some P15,000 for each of the families of the accident victims were again given to them on June 24, 2020 after numerous kind-hearted individuals and groups, including the Association of City Executives (ACEx), came up with their own donation campaign.

The City General Services Office, in behalf of the city officials, expressed its gratitude to all the individuals and groups who individually and collectively raised resources on their own to be given to the families of the accident victims as a way of thanking them for the services they rendered, being permanent employees and volunteers of the office, that contributed in the effective and efficient solid waste management operations.

At around 4 AM of June 8, 2020, six people died while four others were injured when a Baguio City-owned garbage truck figured in a rod mishap at Sitio Bontiwey, Poblacion, Tuba, Benguet.

The garbage truck reportedly lost its brakes, bumped a lowland-bound dump truck with it was tailing and then rammed into a concrete barrier where it finally rested on its side.

The dump truck, on the other hand, allegedly crossed the Baguio-bound lane and slammed into an incoming trailer truck owned by Goldrich Construction.

By Dexter A. See

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