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Judith suggests urgent solutions against suicides at Marcos Bridge

“IMBIS na guard railings ang ibutang sa tulay pwede ba na butangan na lang nato’g net diha sa ubos na bahin aron mapugngan ang buot maghikog?”

This was the suggestion of Councilor James K. Judith II in his special report during the regular session Monday regarding the spate of suicide incidents at the Marcos Bridge for the last two months.

According to Judith, a total of four suicide incidents in the said bridge were recorded last month (April 18, 24, 25 and 30) and three more for this month (May 6, 9 and 13). He likewise urged the CDRRMD Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team of to partner with the City’s police force and barangay tanods in patrolling the bridge.

Some of their personnel and vehicles must be present in the vicinity to preclude further suicide attempts. Judith added these enforcers will not only “guard” and try to stop those who will attempt on jumping from the bridge but they will also act as “first responders” to any untoward incident that may possibly occur within the vicinity.

“Kining problema sa hikog dili kinahanglan madugay (sulbaron; ug) wala tay solution na long term niini pero aduna tay solusyon nga pangkaron lang ug mao kini ang atong (mga) sugyot,” the councilor clarified.

The matter was referred to the committees on disaster preparedness and resiliency, on health, on education and on women and family relations respectively chaired by Councilors Malvern A. Esparcia, Ma. Lourdes S. Gaane, Suzette M. Daba and Imee Rose P. Moreno, for further study.


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