CAAP to give plantilla post to ‘hero’ employee’s son

MANILA As part of honoring an employee who have gone missing while on duty during the onslaught of typhoon "Yolanda" in 2013, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will give plantilla position to his son this year, the agency's spokesperson said Monday afternoon.

CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio said Monday Sabu Espina, a CAAP fireman of Bacolod-Silay Airport, was tasked to repair a fire truck at the Tacloban Airport in 2013.

"A day before he (was supposed to leave) for Bacolod, that was the time when (typhoon) 'Yolanda' hit Tacloban City," Apolonio related to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

He explained that Tacloban Airport is also being managed by the CAAP Area Manager in Bacolod. "Somebody saw him (Espina) at the tower, and he was swept away by water," Apolonio said.

Since then, Espina's body was not found, he lamented.

"He is presumed dead. However, at least two years is required to declare a person dead," he explained. "It was just recently when the court declared Espina dead."

Apolonio said that after the event, CAAP hired Espina's son as janitor. "It's our way to help Espina's kin. But now, we could give him a plantilla position," he said.

Just last month, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) conferred a "Parangal sa Lingkod Bayani" to Espina. The awarding was held at the Bacolod-Silay Airport.

Espina's family received the citation, a scholarship grant, and financial assistance from the CSC. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency