Some 7,000 food and health packs were sent by Zamboanga-based government offices and the Western Mindanao Command to victims of Tropical Storm Odette in Siargao at dawn Monday, December 20.
A Philippine Navy boat, the BRP Ivatan, left from the Western Mindanao Command’s Majini pier at 2am to bring DSWD relief goods consisting of rice, canned goods, and cereal to the affected families.
The cargo also included hygiene kits, medicines, face masks, and tents provided by the Department of Health regional office 9.
The food packs are among 20,000 packs stored at the DSWD warehouse in Zamboanga City in case of calamities and disasters in the region.
Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario Jr., Western MIndanao Command chief, said military units deployed in affected areas are facilitating the delivery and distribution of relief goods.
The military is also involved in rescue and clearing operations in affected areas.
“We, the armed forces in coordination with the DSWD and other stakeholders are currently doing our best to be able to help in all ways possible, “ Rosario said.