Friday, January 24, 2014

701st, 7ID conducts HADR in eastern Mindanao


From the Website of Philippine Army
links: http://www.army.mil.ph/pr/2014/jan/200114.html


701st, 7ID conducts HADR in eastern Mindanao

FORT RAMON MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija — The 701st Brigade, 7ID in Mati, Davao Oriental under the leadership of Col Benjamin R Madrigal Jr, in cooperation with the provincial government of Davao Oriental headed by Governor Corazon N Malanyaon, conducted Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) operations and distributed a total of 3,500 sacks of relief goods and medicines to the typhoon-affected residents in Eastern Mindanao, specifically in the Municipalities of Manay and Caraga in Davao Oriental last 17 and 19 January 2014.

In the aftermath of typhoon “Agaton”, Col Madrigal immediately mobilized all available assets and committed a sizable troop to support the provincial government in its relief and rescue operations. He also accompanied Governor Malanyaon all throughout the latter’s ocular inspection of and meetings with the local officials to assess the extent of the damage caused by the typhoon and determine the immediate needs of their constituents.


“Agaton” is the first typhoon to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this year that battered Eastern Mindanao and its neighboring provinces. It brought heavy rains that caused floods, landslides,and millions worth of damages to agriculture and infrastructure. Several bridges were also destroyed and rendered impassable that paralyzed transportation and caused delay in the distribution of relief goods. Hence, personnel of 701st Brigade, together with some volunteers from the provincial government, had to travel by foot or ride motorized boats just to reach the isolated towns to help people in need.

In line with the 2014 operational thrusts of the Chief of Staff, AFP on HADR, 7ID continue to organize, equip and train our units to become readily deployable and prepared to respond to calamities. It also endeavors to establish SOPs, clear emergency plans and evacuation procedures for every locality, in collaboration with the concerned local government, NDRRMC and other stakeholders. Being the “first-responder” during calamities, units of 7ID will always be ready to answer distress calls and respond to disasters “no matter where and how disastrous they maybe.”
Press Release by the 7ID, PA


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