CAMP GENERAL VICENTE LUKBAN, CATBALOGAN CITY –Rescuers in military uniform from Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, set aside personal safety and comfort to render humanitarian assistance to affected families during the onslaught of Typhoon “Usman” last December 29, 2018 in Northern Samar. The continuous rains brought severe flooding and landslides which isolated some barangays for several days in said area.
The Emergency Response Companies (ERCs) of 8ID conducted water rescue operations and assisted in the transport and delivery of relief goods at Barangay Opong, Catubig, to some 400 families from three barangays in Las Navas, Northern Samar affected by flood. The Stormtroopers joined efforts with elements of 803rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade; 63rd Infantry (Innovator) Battalion; 43rd Infantry (We Search) Battalion; 20th Infantry (We Lead) Battalion and the Civil Military Operations Battalion; together with the Local Government Units (LGUs) of the affected municipalities.
Likewise, the army troops, in coordination with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) of Northern Samar, facilitated the transport of 1,223 food packs and 486 mineral water from Catarman to Lope de Vega.
Similar activities were conducted by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) and the LGU of Lope de Vega in the distribution of food packs in Brgy. Getigo, Lope de Vega, Northern Samar. Further, distribution of 175 relief packs and clothes were undertaken in Barangay Capacuhan, Tarabucan District, Calbayog City and food packs and used clothing in Barangay Baha, Oquendo District, Calbayog City, Samar.
In his message, Maj. Gen. Raul M.Farnacio AFP, 8ID Commander, said “The 8ID is always ready to conduct Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) operations in calamity affected areas in the Region in partnership with different Local Government Units and thru their respective Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (DRRMCs) for the needed actions in the implementation of their disaster management plans.”
Cpt Francis R Agno
Chief, 8DPAO PA
Camp General Vicente Lukban, Katbalogan City