3-year-old boy fell in a sewer in Caloocan

MANILA, Philippines – A three-year-old boy fell into the sewer at around 3:00 in the afternoon last Saturday, October 14, in Barangay 176, North Caloocan City.

3-year-old boy fell in a sewer in Caloocan
Photo courtesy: ABS-CBN News / Caloocan City Mayor Along Malapitan’s Facebook page

In a video uploaded by ABS-CBN News, the father persisted in his search for his son at 2:51 in the morning on Sunday, October 15. It can be seen that he diligently dug to find his tumbled child.

Meanwhile, the mother of the boy said that they have been asking for help from the authorities late at night, but they claimed that they did not immediately receive any assistance.

“Wala pa pong binibigay na tulong kagabi pa po kami nanghihingi," she stated.

In a separate update, around 10:18 in the morning, a backhoe provided by the Caloocan LGU arrived to assist in the search for the boy.

Around 10:30 in the morning, Caloocan City Mayor Along Malapitan gave updates about the search and rescue operation.

It can be read, “Tuloy-tuloy po ang isinasagawa nating search and rescue operation para sa batang nahulog sa imburnal sa Barangay 176.”

“Nagtutulong-tulong po ang ating mga kawani mula sa Caloocan Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), City Engineering Department (CED), Public Safety and Traffic Management Department (PSTMD), City Environmental and Management Department (CEMD), City Social Welfare Developlment Department (CSWDD), at Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) para mailigtas ang tatlong gulang na biktima. Humingi na rin po tayo ng tulong sa MMDA upang mapabilis ang ating rescue operations.

“Sa kasalukuyan po ay hinuhukay natin ang karugtong na drainage kung saan sinasabing nahulog ang biktima.”

Around 3:11 in the afternoon, Malapitan said that the body was already found.

“UPDATE: Natagpuan na po ang tatlong gulang na batang nahulog sa imburnal kahapon sa Barangay 176.”

“Nakikiramay po kami sa pamilya ng biktima at asahan nyo po na handa ang Pamahalaang Lungsod na magpaabot ng tulong na kinakailangan.”

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa lahat ng tumulong mula pa kahapon sa paghahanap sa bata lalo na sa CDRRMO, CSWDD, PSTMD, CEMD, City Engineering, Maynilad, MMDA, at BFP.”

Condolences poured in from netizens for the bereaved families. While no one reportedly desires such incidents to happen, some reminded parents to carefully watch over their young children and not allow them to roam the streets unattended.

Some also called on the local government of Caloocan to expedite their actions in the future and to repair roads with potholes to prevent accidents.

— Richard, The Summit Express

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