PH Army step-up HADR operations in Typhoon Odette-damaged areas

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In support of Typhoon Odette’s afflicted families in typhoon-stricken areas in Visayas and Mindanao, Philippine Army troops are continuing humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) activities.

Different Army units ramped up their HADR operations and assisted in the recovery efforts in the typhoon-ravaged provinces of Southern Leyte, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Occidental, and other Visayas provinces.

The Army Reserve Command and other engineer battalions committed to road clearing activities in coordination with local government units in the affected areas in order to facilitate the timely delivery of relief supplies to the population.

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 Island. The stranded individuals were also transported to the Port of Dapa and the Airport in Del Carmen, Siargao Islands, by 30IB.

Other Army troops are aiding the local government agencies in their disaster response activities in Eastern Visayas, North and Eastern Mindanao. Other Army forces that aren’t directly touched by Odette are concentrating on arranging private-sector and individual donations of relief supplies.

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. The divisions also undertake donation drives on a regular basis, opening their lines to eager contributors.

Army units also teamed up with the AFP’s Major Services to transport and distribute humanitarian supplies to the impacted districts.

Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner Jr., Army Chief of Staff, recognizes the troop’s efforts in assisting Odette’s impacted inhabitants during these tough times. He told all units to follow the President’s direction to deploy all available resources to help the affected residents get back to normal.

“To our soldiers, once again, the Filipino people need our services, especially during this trying time. Let us give them a little comfort by doing our best in continuing humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations. To our fellow Filipinos in affected areas, do not lose hope. Rest assured that we will stand with you during these challenges; together, we will rebuild communities,” said Lt. Gen. Brawner.

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