CAMP MELCHOR F DELA CRUZ, Upi, Gamu, Isabela – Troops of Fifth Infantry Division (5th ID) extended Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) to communities in the entire Cagayan Valley Region and in Cordillera region, which were ravaged by successive typhoons.
In the province of Cagayan, troops of Marine Battalion Landing Team-10, 77th, and 17th Infantry Battalion rendered additional manpower to the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (MDRRMC), Task Force Lingkod Cagayan, Cagayan Philippine National Police (PNP) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) for a systematic conduct of rescue operations particularly in flooded areas.
Some of the troops also assisted local government (LGUs) in repacking relief goods, while military vehicles were mobilized in evacuating affected communities, and for transportation of relief assistance.
The 54th Infantry Battalion, based in Kiangan, Ifugao, rescued three persons trapped in their house when the Ibulao river overflowed. The troops also assisted local officials in the conduct of ocular inspection in the riverside for immediate evacuation. HADR troops of 50th Infantry Battalion were also deployed on standby at the Provincial Risk Reduction Management Office (PRRMO) of Kalinga.
In Isabela Province, 95th Infantry Battalion conducted rescue operations in the municipalities of Benito Soliven and San Mariano that were affected by flashfloods.
The 86th Infantry Battalion conducted HADR missions in Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya provinces, particularly in search, rescue, and retrieval operations of 10 persons, who were initially reported missing in a landslide incident in Barangay Runrunu, Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya.
The Disaster Response Task Unit of Headquarters 5ID is continuously coordinating with the Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council of Isabela in conducting rescue operations in other affected municipalities of the province.
Maj. Gen. Laurence E. Mina, 5th ID Commander, has alerted all available troops to quickly respond, and undertake HADR missions in its area of operations.
“The 5th ID HADR Teams are on full alert to assist the people to prevent unnecessary loss of life and to deliver the much needed relief assistance,” Mina said.