Army reservists from the 1502nd Community Defense Center in Agusan del Sur on Thursday, December 16, 2021, began humanitarian relief and disaster-response operations in communities hit by Typhoon Odette.
“Staying true to our mandate, we are always ready to assist in relief and rescue efforts, especially during calamities,” said Lt. Col. Maria Teresa Baylon (Res), Commanding Officer of the 1502nd Ready Reserve Infantry Battalion (1502RRIBn) of the 1502nd Community Defense Center (1502CDC).
Typhoon Odette, which is striking the Caraga and Eastern Visayas regions, is the country’s strongest tropical cyclone this year.
In his recent assumption speech, Commanding General of the Philippine Army (CGPA) Maj. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner, Jr. stated that the command’s goal is to recruit excellent reservists who would successfully complement the Army’s regular force.
The Philippine Reservists Act (Republic Act 7077) requires reserve units to help in disaster relief and rescue activities, as well as socio-economic development projects.