Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Soldiers Redeploy to Fix Evacuation Tent Cities

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Soldiers from the 39th Infantry Battalion were redeployed to assist the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (LDRRMC) of Makilala in raising back the tent city in four evacuation centers in the municipality after it was struck by a strong wind, heavy rain, and hailstorm on the afternoon of Monday, November 11, 2019.

The soldiers were pulled out from their relief operations to initially assist the soaked evacuees while awaiting the redeployment of the soldiers from the 534th and 512th Engineering Battalion who were deployed in putting-up and configuring evacuation centers in the affected areas.

It can be recalled that Eastern Mindanao Command raised the alert level and ordered the activation of the Humanitarian and Disaster Response (HADR) Task Force to assist the different LDRRMC of the areas struck by the series earthquake last month.

At present, Eastmincom is overseeing the conduct of disaster response through the 10th ID Task Force HADR which utilizes the 1002nd Infantry Brigade, 901st Infantry Brigade, 512th Engineering Battalion, 534th Engineering Battalion and 10th Division Emergency Response Company.

In Davao City, the 11th Forward Service Support Unit has been expanded into a Joint Logistics Center to support and forward the logistical needs of the units and the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council in the affected areas.

On the other hand, aircraft from the Tactical Operations Wing-Eastern Mindanao which were used in rescue operations and Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis are on continuous alert for their utilization.

On November 11, 2019, two AFP Mobile Kitchen Trucks were likewise deployed in Kidapawan to be utilized by some evacuation centers in the area.

Meanwhile, Lt. General Felimon T. Santos in his visits to the involved units expressed his appreciation to the dedication of soldiers to their duty and encouraged them to continuously assist the different Incident Command Post in the synchronized, orderly, equitable, and inclusive disaster management.

"You showed the finest virtue of service. Despite being a victim also of the calamity, we responded timely and selflessly and tirelessly committed ourselves and our unit to the most needy and somehow helped them in alleviating the suffering," he said.

"We shall continue to assist the different DRRMCs and the other Law Enforcement Agencies input order to the disaster response and encourage our stakeholders to abide by the established protocol so that we will give a synchronized, orderly, equitable, and inclusive disaster management," Lt. Gen. Santos added.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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