The Philippine Army units in the Visayas and Mindanao commenced on Friday, December 17, 2021, humanitarian assistance and disaster-response efforts in towns devastated by Typhoon Odette.
Various troops of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division conducted rescue and relief operations in towns devastated by Odette, the country’s fiercest tropical cyclone this year.
In Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, troops from the 401st Infantry Brigade gave personnel and transportation support to stranded travelers.
Furthermore, 58th Infantry Battalion personnel in Misamis Oriental cleaned downed trees that were blocking key roadways.
Pre-emptive evacuations, search and rescue operations, and relief missions were also conducted by troops and reservists in far-flung areas of the Caraga and Northern Mindanao regions.
Meanwhile, the 3rd Infantry Division mobilized its HADR teams in Panay and Negros Island in preparation for the onslaught of Odette, while army reservists began evacuating civilians in flood-prone barangays in Roxas City, Capiz.
With addition, the 8th Infantry Division mobilized its numerous troops to assist in disaster relief and evacuation efforts in Eastern Visayas. Army personnel and reservists are now assisting families in typhoon-ravaged areas with relief and rescue efforts.
In reaction to Typhoon Odette, the Philippine Army has issued a command to its units to form a disaster response team and communicate closely with Local Government Units (LGUs) and other government agencies for humanitarian assistance and disaster-response missions.