Saturday, April 23, 2022

EastMinCom continues support to Typhoon Odette-hit areas

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Months after typhoon Odette struck Dinagat Islands in 2021, the Eastern Mindanao Command led by LtGen. Greg T. Almerol made true his promise of continually supporting the recovery efforts of the island province as a "Turn-over of Seedlings, Lumber, and Logs" was held at the Kalikasang Buhay Park, Brgy. Cuarinta, in San Jose on April 21.

The event was graced by Undersecretary Joselin Marcus E. Fragada from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Field Operations - Mindanao; LtGen. Almerol; Gov. Arlene J. Bag-ao; DENR Caraga Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo; 901st Brigade Deputy Commander, Col. Arnold T. Bernardo; and DENR Dinagat Officer-in-Charge Agapito T. Patubo.

During the program, the EastMinCom Commander expressed his strong support for the people of Dinagat Islands in its reconstruction efforts through the deployment of EastMinCom's manpower units.

"I join everyone here in offering my sincere support to help the local government unit in its reconstruction efforts. The 901st Brigade, our Army Engineers, and the 4th and 10th Infantry Divisions will take the lead in supporting the government's reconstruction efforts," he said.

It can be recalled that LtGen. Almerol revisited the Province of Dinagat Islands on February 23 to render a courtesy call to Gov. Arlene J. Bag-ao and report the accomplishments of Joint Task Force (JTF) Sambisig after supporting the said province in various Humanitarian and Disaster Response (HADR) operations for two months.

During the said meeting, LtGen. Almerol also assured to deploy additional engineering units in the area to fast track the rehabilitation efforts in collaboration with the Local Government Units.

He also assured them of EastMinCom's assistance for the continuation of distribution of relief goods and other construction materials through its ground units.

"Isa pong malaking karangalan ang maging parte sa pagbuo ng isang proyekto na naglalayong mabigyan ng ginhawa at magandang buhay kayong aming mga kapatid na naapektohan ng bagyo. Masaya po kaming maibahagi ang aming tulong sa inyong pagbangon," LtGen. Almerol said during the ceremonial turn-over.###

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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