Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD) official and veteran disaster responder Carlos Padolina died in a road accident Friday night in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental.
Padolina, DSWD Climate Adaptation and Mitigation deputy program director, died after a motorcycle hit the tricycle he was riding at about midnight, a colleague told Kodao.
In a Facebook post, Padolina’s colleague Caroline Quevedo Catalan said it was a “sudden death.”
“After our orientation, he requested that we bring him to the bus terminal (bound) for Cagayan de Oro…By 11 pm, he took the tricycle from Balingasag area to (the) terminal and then they were hit by a drag-racing motorcycle that was without a headlight,” Catalan wrote.
Padolina was reportedly thrown off the sidecar and suffered massive internal haemorrhage that led to his death.
Padolina was in Mindanao to hold a program orientation with Caraga local government units and people’s organizations in Butuan City.
From Butuan, Padolina dropped by Balingasag to meet with other disaster response colleagues.
Padolina joined the DSWD in September 2016 after decades of disaster preparedness and response work with the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center and children’s rights advocacy with the Children’s Rehabilitation Center and Salinlahi.
The first major disaster response he participated with DSWD was supertyphoon Lawin that hit Northern Luzon in 2016 while among his last was Mount Mayon’s eruption earlier this year.
Before joining DSWD, Padolina spearheaded numerous relief and rehabilitation programs across the Philippines for nearly three decades.
He was reportedly planning to go back to CDRC after nearly two years with the DSWD.
The victim’s family has already been notified of his death, the source said.
The DSWD is planning to hold a tribute to Padolina during its flag-raising ceremony on Monday. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)