BONTOC, Mt. Province

In a heartwarming and emotional conclusion to a tense nine-day Search and Rescue Operation, the Bontoc community celebrates the safe return of Mr. Allan “Wangho” Fagsao, who was reported
missing on December 30, 2023. As per statements from his family and information recorded in the police blotter at the Bontoc Municipal Police Station (BMPS), Allan was last seen at Sitio Sameyew, Caluttit, Bontoc, wearing a gray jacket and gray jogging pants, and was using unmatched slippers.

Meanwhile, Mayor Jerome “Chagsen” Tudlong, Jr., who chairs the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) activated the Municipal Emergency Operations Center to BLUE ALERT status, and the Incident Command System (ICS) to oversee the conduct of Search and Rescue (SAR) Operations.

The breakthrough in the search came when a member of the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) at the Mainit Patrol Base spotted Allan, prompting the entire community and neighboring municipalities to intensify efforts to locate him. The SAR operations involved dedicated teams comprised of community volunteers, MDRRM council members from Bontoc,
Sadanga, Besao, and Tadian in Mountain Province, as well as Tubo in Abra and the Mountain Province Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

On January 8, 2024, at around 2:16 P.M., the Emergency Operations Center received a call confirming that Mr. Fagsao was located alive and mobilized response teams to meet the Dalican SAR team in Barangay Dalican. After receiving first-aid treatment, Allan was ferried to the Municipal Ato for a ritual called “Palanga, Khaeb si Makedse,” performed by Bontoc Community Elder and former Municipal Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) George Luis Fakat, assisted by IPMR David Coycoyen.

Following the ritual, Allan was transported to Bontoc General Hospital for further assessment and was discharged by his attending physician on the same day. As relayed by the Dalican SAR team, they strategically dispersed to cover more ground during their search. It was during this effort that Mr. Mario Lapaan found Allan in an unoccupied house which is commonly used as a resting place for local hunters and farmers at Sitio Kurayo, Mainit, Bontoc.

Meanwhile, Mayor Tudlong expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all the SAR Teams and the entire community for their assistance, emphasizing that the miraculous reunion serves as a powerful testament to the effectiveness of collaborative efforts and the unwavering dedication of the community. “In the face of adversity, our community has exemplified the true spirit of Og-ogfo,
standing united during challenging times.

The concerted efforts of our Search and Rescue Teams from Bontoc, Sadanga, Besao, Tadian, and Tubo, Abra with the assistance of their respective MDRRMCs and provincial DRRMO, have showcased the strength that arises when we work together toward a common goal. The celebration of Allan’s safe return is not just a personal victory for his family but a collective triumph for the
resilience and unity of the entire Bontoc community,” Tudlong added.


Amianan Balita Ngayon