This is Melvin Hayana Ga-a. He is an Inventory Clerk assigned at NCCC Department Store Maa branch. He was hired September 7, 2007 and regularized February 21,... 2008 with ID number 3092. He is husband to Rucila Cerdon Gaa and father to Rommel Jhon Ga-a.
Last December 23, he was on-duty at the NCCC Department Store Maa. Melvin was part of the clearing team of the store that morning.
At around 9:30 a.m., he was already done with the clearing of department store with DS Supervisor and key custodian Floriza Mibulos (Badjeck to many). Thereafter, he was having a chat with supervisor Marivic Infuesto, Jocyl Porras and Marivic Magallon.
At around 9:40 a.m., Melvin said to the three he was chatting with, that he will just go down to change because he got himself wet from the rain while on his way to the Mall. So he went down to the ground floor where the associates' lockers were located.
And then it all happened. The fire that made Melvin gave his life to bring people to safety. He was already on the ground floor and evacuation was already so easy for him. Even the guard on-duty attested that he was already out. But he came back. He climbed up and rescued people. And attempted to even rescue some more.
To his last breath, he was a Safety Officer, a NEAT responder, an NCCC associate true to the company's core value of care and hardwork.
We grieve with the family of Melvin. We grieve with his wife Rucila, with his son Rommel Jhon, his father Romeo, his mother Rosie and siblings Mevell, Arnel and Raymond.
We are so saddened with your leaving us so soon Melvin but you left us a beautiful story that we shall always be proud of. We always talk in the company of giving amazing service but yours was not just amazing, it was beyond measure. The company did not require you to do service this far but you did because you had the heart to help and serve. Only a few is as brave as you were.
We give our grandest salute to you, our hero - Melvin Hayana Ga-a! With a heavy heart we say our farewell to you. Thank you for your most amazing service.
"Eternal rest grant upon Melvin, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him."