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PAF transports 2.2 thousand tons of relief supplies to ‘Odette’-affected communities.
The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has delivered 2,275 tons of humanitarian supplies to areas hit by Typhoon Odette’s fury.
“As of today, the Philippine Air Force has transported a total of 2,275 tons of relief goods, including rice, water, canned goods, and toiletries, as well as generator sets and water tanks,” said PAF spokesperson Lt. Col. Maynard Mariano in a statement Tuesday night.
On December 28 alone, the PAF evacuated 99 “locally trapped folks” from Siargao to the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, he noted.
“In the meantime, personnel from the 355th Aviation Engineer Wing were sent from Basa Air Base to Mactan, Cebu, along with many heavy equipment to assist in the planning for recovery and rehabilitation of the typhoon-affected areas,” Mariano stated.
PAF aircraft flew relief supplies from Villamor Air Base in Pasay City to Siargao, Surigao, Bohol, and Mactan, Cebu on Christmas Day.
246 sacks of rice, five boxes of sardines, and 90 boxes of water were delivered by the PAF’s C-295, Fokker F-27, and NC-212i transport aircraft to those affected by “Odette.”
Two S-70i “Black Hawk” combat utility helicopters also transported relief supplies to Cagayancillo Island, Palawan, including 60 sacks of rice and 30 bags of various commodities and medicine.
Meanwhile, humanitarian aid and disaster response (HADR) efforts by the Philippine Army (PA) continue in typhoon-ravaged towns and communities.
In Southern Leyte, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Occidental, and other Visayas provinces ravaged by the typhoon, Army spokesperson Col. Xerxes Trinidad said in a statement Tuesday night that different PA units have intensified their HADR operations and joined in the restoration efforts.
“The Army Reserve Command and other engineer battalions have committed to road-clearing efforts in coordination with local government units in the impacted areas to enable the rapid transport of relief goods for the affected citizens,” he added.
Meanwhile, troops from the 4th Infantry Division’s 30th Infantry Battalion (30IB) and 65th Infantry Battalion (65IB) assisted the government in its relief efforts in Barangay Cuarenta, San Jose, Dinagat Islands.
The stranded individuals were also transported by the 30th Infantry Battalion to the Port of Dapa and the airport in Del Carmen, Siargao Islands.
Other PA units have been aiding local government agencies in disaster response activities in Eastern Visayas, northern and eastern Mindanao.
Army forces that aren’t directly touched by “Odette” are concentrating on arranging relief donations from private businesses and people.
The Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) collaborated with the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 6th Infantry Divisions to enable the consolidation and distribution of humanitarian commodities from stakeholders.
These divisions also organized contribution campaigns, allowing willing donors to donate. Army forces also teamed together with other key Armed Forces branches to deliver and distribute humanitarian supplies to the impacted areas.
Meanwhile, PA Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner Jr. praised the troops’ actions in assisting “Odette” victims.
He ordered all units to follow President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to use all available resources to assist the affected residents in returning to normal life.
“Once again, our soldiers, the Filipino people require our assistance, particularly at this difficult moment. Let us do our utmost to provide them with some solace by continuing to provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief. Do not lose hope, our Filipino brothers and sisters in the impacted areas. Rest assured that we will be there for you during these difficult times. We shall reconstruct communities as a group “Brawner remarked.