NAGA CITY, July 12 (PIA)- The Philippine Red Cross Camarines Sur Chapter extended psychosocial support to the bereaved families and relatives of those who perished from the recent road crash in Brgy. Tagpocol, San Fernando, Camarines Sur.
The tragic accident happened Friday, June 7 while the driver is maneuvering the fully loaded truck down the steep and downhill portion of the said barangay road. The truck lost its brakes causing it to crash into a tree and rolled over downhill, pinning 5 other passengers to their instantaneous death.
The accident claimed the lives of 13 passengers, including the bride-to-be, Bea Locilo, and wounded 41 others. Bea is 16 years old.
The supposedly happy reunion of relatives and friends who are anticipating a simple yet meaningful union of two people, turned out into a catastrophic tale of loss and grieving. Most of the victims came from "pamamanhikan"- a Filipino tradition still being practiced in far-flung areas where the male's family asked the woman's hands for marriage.
The sudden demise of a loved one may render its relative at loss, confused, perhaps angry. This is where psychosocial intervention is very much needed.
PRC Camarines Sur OIC Chapter Administrator Maria Theresa Bongiad immediately coordinated with San Fernando LGU thru Mayor Fermin Mabulo, also a PRC volunteer and the current Vice Chairman of the PRC CamSur Board of Directors.
"Psychosocial support program is an integral part of PRC's emergency response. It helps individuals and communities to heal the psychological wounds and rebuild social structures after an emergency, or a critical event," Bongiad stated.
PRC team headed by Ma.Chona B. Navarro visited the families of the 13 fatalities and extended its services to those emotionally affected by their families' loss. Recipients were mostly from Barangays San Joaquin and Grijalvo.
"Early and adequate psychosocial support can: prevent distress and suffering developing into something more severe help people cope better and become reconciled to everyday life help beneficiaries to resume their normal lives meet community-identified needs," Bongiad added.
Seven survivors also received the same de-briefing including confined patients at the Bicol Medical Center (BMC) to ensure that their traumatic experience will not hamper them from returning to their normal routine. (LSMacatangay-PIAV/Camarines Sur)