Soldiers from the Philippine Army spent New Year’s Day away from their families, transporting 47 tons of aid from the Army’s main headquarters in Metro Manila to the Visayas and Mindanao.
Starting on December 30, 2021, troops aboard 21 military trucks travelled for three days and over 1,000 kilometers from Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, to deliver much-needed supplies in areas hit by Typhoon Odette, motivated by their urgent desire to assist typhoon-affected families.
On January 2, Southern Leyte Vice Governor Christopher Yap received nine military truckloads of relief goods and other essential supplies for his province. The relief goods will be distributed to the province’s affected residents in collaboration with the Army’s 802nd Brigade.
Meanwhile, the remaining relief supplies arrived at the headquarters of the 4th Infantry Division’s 4th Civil-Military Operations Battalion (4CMOBn) in Butuan City on January 3 before being distributed to residents of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat provinces in Eastern Mindanao.
The 4CMOBn and the 901st Infantry Brigade will help local government units distribute relief supplies in the affected areas.
Army units are working around the clock to provide relief and rehabilitation assistance to typhoon-affected communities in collaboration with national government agencies, local government units, and private sector partners.
Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner, Jr., Army Commanding General, praised the troops’ contribution to multi-agency humanitarian assistance missions for typhoon-affected communities.
“I encourage our troops to continue their selfless service in easing the burden of our typhoon-stricken countrymen and helping them get back on their feet. Our troops’ steadfast dedication and sacrifices enable our organization to accomplish tasks beyond excellence for the Filipino people and our country,” the CGPA remarked.