Joint Task Force SPEAR helps in search and retrieval operation of Iloilo-Guimaras sea tragedy


CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz- The Joint Task Force (JTF) “SPEAR” headed by its first commander Major General Dinoh Dolina deployed troops to help retrieve victims of the Iloilo-Guimaras sea mishap on August 03, Saturday.

“As your AFP in Western Visayas, it is part of our duty to provide assistance in times of disaster especially to the people whom we ought to serve. We have land, air, and sea capabilities that can truly help in situations like this”, said MGen Dolina.

Three passenger boats traversing Iloilo-Guimaras strait capsized after they were hit by big waves on Saturday afternoon killing more than 30 people and leave 6 others missing.

Following the incident, JTF “SPEAR” immediately arrayed water search and rescue teams, provided aerial survey over Guimaras strait, and vehicles for stranded passengers.

Just this morning, the Air Force Water Search and Rescue, and Recon Team found a dead body around Bondolan Point in Guimaras. Authorities are still investigating if the recovered body is one of the passengers of the capsized boats.

“We will continue the search and retrieval operation together with the Philippine Coast Guard to recover the missing victims. Rest assured that JTF “SPEAR” will always be around when the people need us most”, Dolina added.

JTF “SPEAR” was activated on September 6, 2018 and is comprised of three Infantry Brigades from 3 rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division and supported by the Naval and Air components. It covers the land, sea, air and cyberspace domain of Regions 6 and 7. It was organized to conduct development support operations to sustain the peace, ensure security, and help maintain public order to significantly contribute to the inclusive economic and human development of the people in Central and Western Visayas.