PH Navy to provide aid to flood-hit Cagayan, Isabela
Robie de Guzman • December 16, 2019 • 703
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Navy, through its Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NFNL), is set to deploy its available resources to provide aid to thousands of people who were displaced by massive flooding in Cagayan and Isabela.
In a statement issued Sunday, the Philippine Navy Public Affairs said the relief mission, which is part of its humanitarian assistance and disaster relief initiative, will be conducted by NFNL units at Naval Base Camilo Osias in San Vicente, Cagayan.
“Several areas in Isabela and Cagayan were put under state of calamity because of the damages the flooding has brought to this part of the country. PN personnel and assets are now ready to be deployed to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster response in some of the areas affected by this calamity,” the navy said.
It added that the effort is part of its readiness and commitment to provide prompt assistance to Filipino families stricken by calamity.
“For those who would like to donate, they can directly coordinate with the Naval Operation Center at (02) 524-4981 and 0917 8045092 and Civil Military Operation Group, PN at (02) 524-2061 loc 6133 and 09053926359/ 09206860377 and NFNL, NF3- 09774596931/ NF7-09171230067,” the Philippine Navy said.
The said donations will be transported through available logistic naval vessels, the navy added.
MANILA, Philippines – The Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) of the US Embassy in Manila formally turned over a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to the Philippine Navy in a ceremony held at Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite on Wednesday (November 25).
This new equipment will help boost the Navy’s maritime security especially in the disputed waters of the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
“This new asset will complement the same kind being operated by the 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing at the Antonio Bautista Air Base in Palawan, which is very close to the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea that need our consistent attention,” said National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
The system which costs US$14.79 M or an estimated P710-M will provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) 71st Maritime Unmanned Aerial Reconnaissance Squadron (71 MUARS) – the AFP’s leading unit for unmanned maritime ISR operations.
“Transferring the ScanEagle system for operation by the Maritime Unmanned Aerial Reconnaissance Squadron represents the steadfast commitment by the United States to our partners in the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” US Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Kimberly Kelly.
The Philippines has received more than US$650 million (P33 billion) worth of military materiel from the U.S. military making it by far the largest recipient of US’ military assistance in the Indo-Pacific region since 2015. MNP / Raymund David
MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Philippine Navy Reserve Force across Luzon are assisting in the delivery of relief goods to different areas in Luzon that were severely affected by the recent Typhoon Ulysses.
In a statement, the navy said reservists packed and distributed relief goods to different communities in Metro Manila and other Luzon provinces, including Rizal, Bicol, and Cagayan Valley.
The navy said its Naval Reserve Center-Southern Luzon through the navy reservists from Camarines Sur under 31st Naval Group Reserve (NRG) augmented to inter-agency relief efforts of distributing relief goods to Barangays Sta Eulalia and Iyagan in Baao, Camarines Sur.
While Philippine Navy 22nd NRG-Team Star conducted relief operations in Rodriguez and Montalban Rizal.
Aside from the delivery and distribution of relief goods, the navy said its personnel also assisted in the evacuation and rescue operations for families affected by widespread flooding during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.
Naval Affiliated Reserve Force (NARF)-NCR (WesPhil) deployed two amphibious trucks with one rescue team of well-trained and capable reservists onboard each truck to flooded areas in the cities of Marikina and Navotas.
In Region 2 (Cagayan Valley), PN reservists from Northern Luzon have joined local government units in Cagayan in the conduct of search and rescue operations in the affected communities of widespread flood in the province.
“Said disaster response and relief operations demonstrated the invaluable contributions and selfless service of our reservists as force multipliers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during calamities and other types of human and natural disasters,” the navy said.
The Philippine Navy said it has been helping in relief efforts since last week when Typhoon Rolly ravaged parts of Bicol region.
These deployments are being supervised by the Naval Reserve Command headed by Major Gen. Ariel Caculitan in coordination with Joint Task Force – National Capital Region.
Around 1,000 families in Cagayan Province were evacuated due to the flash flood triggered by the continuous rain.
The local government implemented a force evacuation in 29 barangays in 8 towns that are submerged in flood due to the heavy rain brought by Typhoon Ulysses.
The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) already began its pre-emptive evacuation for the residents affected by the flood.
Several roads have become impassable due to the flood. Based on the records of the government, 13 roads in Buguey, Claveria, Enrile, Pamplona, Rizal, Sanchez, Mira, Solana, and Tuguegarao are blocked due to the flash flood.
Authorities remind the public to immediately evacuate to a safe area. AAC (with reports from Allan Manansala)
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