The Philippine Army’s 5th and 7th Infantry Divisions (5ID & 7ID) continuously conduct humanitarian and disaster response to Tropical Storm-hit areas in Northern Luzon starting on October 11, 2021.
Tropical storm (TS) Maring hit the Northern Part of Luzon on October 11 and 12, leaving many residents in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, and Ilocos regions in evacuation sites. Heavy rains and strong winds destroyed many infrastructures, houses, and agricultural crops.
The Army’s 5ID and 7ID partnered with the Local Government Units (LGUs), Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy, Local Police Stations, Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Protection, and other rescue teams to help the affected residents.
The 5th CMO Battalion troopers and Marine Battalion Landing Team 10 (MBLT 10) evacuated 58 families in the barangays of Dungeg and Aridowen Sta. Teresita, Cagayan. While the 77th Infantry Battalion troops also evacuated 489 families in Baggao, Cagayan, in safer places.
Troops deployed in Benguet and Mt. Province helped in road clearing operations. The 54IB, with its CAFGU Active Auxiliary, has been clearing the roads from obstructions due to soil and rock erosion, landslide, and mudflow to allow vehicles, especially those transporting relief goods, to pass.
Other Army personnel in Cagayan helped the DSWD and LGUs pack and distribute relief goods to affected families.
Meanwhile, troops from the 71st Infantry Battalion under the 7th Infantry Division rescued residents in various barangays of Ilocos Sur during a flood caused by TS Maring on October 12, 2021. 71IB partnered with the Rural Health Unit, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction, and Management Office, and Philippine Coast Guard on its continuing Disaster Response Operations to help the affected residents.
The Commanding General, Philippine Army Lt. Gen. Andres C Centino, expressed his support to 5ID and 7ID units helping the affected residents during this trying time.
“I commend our troops and our partners for their efforts in aiding our kababayans affected by this calamity. Your quick and timely response has helped spare many lives and prevent the suffering of our people. Continue to support the LGUs and national agencies in their disaster response and recovery effort to hasten the delivery of necessary support to the people,” Lt. Gen. Andres Centino said.