CAMP AQUINO, TARLAC CITY- A plea for help posted on social media on Tuesday during the lashing of typhoon Maring was immediately responded to by the military resulting in the successful rescue of eight stranded individuals from the flooding in Brgy Kabugbugan, Luna, La Union.
Upon seeing the social media post saying “kung pwede sana magpadala ng Army rescue sa Luna, La Union may mga nalulunod na walang rescue na dumarating, di kaya ng pulis gawa ng kunti lang sila,” Ms Jhai Galenzoga from the Office of the President in Malacanang promptly sent the report to the NOLCOM. The Disaster Response Team in La Union under JTF Karagatan, immediately went to said distressed area and successfully rescued and evacuated the stranded individuals to safety.
Hon Rachel N Pinzon of Luna, La Union extends her sincerest gratitude to the troops, saying that “Mabuti na lang at dumating kayo dahil kung wala kayo, hindi namin kakayanin to.”
Meanwhile, security forces from the JTF Tala and JTF Kaugnay are assisting in the ongoing evacuation, road clearing operations, and hauling of relief goods to expedite the delivery of relief items for the typhoon victims.
Military reservists from the 14th Regional Community Defense Group and the Naval Reserve Center – Northern Luzon were also mobilized to the different areas in Northern Luzon to support the AFP’s disaster response and relief operations.
A total of 367 regular military personnel and 74 Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit Active Auxiliary under the Northern Luzon Command are actively involved in the conduct of humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations in the areas heavily battered by typhoon “Maring”.
Lieutenant General Arnulfo Marcelo B Burgos Jr, Commander of Northern Luzon Command said that “Disaster Response Teams were mobilized across Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and Cordillera Administrative Regions, conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations in calamity-stricken communities in collaboration with the different local DRRMCs.”
“The fulfilling feeling that we derive from the nobility of our deeds is simply beyond measure,” Lt Gen Burgos said as he lauded the swift response and brave efforts of the rescuers.
He also ensured the public that “all of our Disaster Response Teams will work round the clock to ensure the safety and well-being of all the people affected by this calamity. Coordinations have been made to our partner agencies and different stakeholders to fastrack the delivery of relief goods and other basic services to the affected communities.”
As typhoon “Maring” exits the country’s area of responsibility, relief operations are now being intensified. NOLCOM, in coordination with its partner agencies and other stakeholders, is now mobilizing all available mobility assets to ensure immediate relief assistance to the typhoon victims.