Philippine Army evacuates residents affected by Mount Bulusan eruption

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The Philippine Army’s 31st Infantry Battalion (31IB), 9th Infantry Division (9ID) launched a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) operation for the village folk of Juban, Sorsogon which are affected by the Mt Bulusan’s phreatic eruption last June 5, 2022.

31IB deployed 16 teams composed of 147 personnel, 20 military trucks and an ambulance for HADR efforts to assist 54 families in Barangay Puting Sapa, Juban, Sorsogon in their evacuation.

No casualties have been reported and all evacuees, who stayed overnight at the Barangay Tughan evacuation center, already returned to their houses as of June 6, 2022. Power, water and communication services are normal while national roads and bridges remain passable, according to the latest situational report.

Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner, Jr., assured 9ID of ample support for their HADR efforts.

“Your Philippine Army is always ready and committed to support and assist our local government units, as well as in provision of all available manpower and logistical resources to mitigate the effects of natural calamities in our communities,” the Army Chief added. — PA

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