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AFP sends more troops to typhoon-hit areas





The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has deployed additional troops and assets to conduct search, rescue, and retrieval (SRR) and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon that were battered by typhoon “Ulysses,” authorities said Monday.

Civil defense chief Ricardo Jalad said the death toll remained at 67.

The missing persons increased to 13 – three in Metro Manila, two in Calabarzon or Region 4A, and eight in Bicol Region or Region 5.


THE Alpha (Adamant) Company of 54IB, 5ID, Philippine Army carried out Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) missions to aid landslide victims in municipalities of Asipulo and Tinoc, Ifugao.  (Armed of the Philippines Facebook)

SOLDIERS shovel the road of dirt and debris from landslide caused by typhoon Ulysses in the municipalities of Asipulo and Tinoc, Ifugao. (Contributed photo)


Meanwhile, damages to agriculture and infrastructure ballooned to P2.1 billion and P483 million, respectively, which were incurred in Metro Manila, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Ilocos Region (Region 1), Cagayan Valley (Region 2), Central Luzon (Region 3), Calabarzon, Mimaropa or Region 4B, and Bicol Region.

General Gilbert Gapay, AFP Chief, said a total of 265,339 individuals were already saved in typhoon-affected areas in Northern Luzon, Southern Luzon, and Metro Manila through continuous operations over the weekend.



In Cagayan Valley (Region 2), the Philippine Air Force (PAF) sustained its rescue and relief operations where thousands of families were affected by massive flooding, said Lt. Col. Aristedes Galang, PAF spokesperson.

PAF personnel aboard a Sikorsky S-76 commercial utility helicopter conducted a medical evacuation in Gonzaga, Cagayan on Sunday where they saved Cleofina Abad, 78, and dialysis patient Rosendo Abad, 82.

Another medical evacuation was held by the 505th Search and Rescue Group aboard a UH-1H helicopter of the 207th Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Alcala, Cagayan where they flew three patients who needed immediate medical attention to the Cagayan Provincial Capitol.

The rescued patients were identified as Marieta del Rosario and her son, John, who were electrocuted; and Theresita Siason, who sustained a spinal injury at the height of the typhoon.


SOLDIERS from 5ID, MBLT, and 17IB extend search rescue and retrieval operations in Region 2. (Photo lifted from Armed   Forces of the Philippines Facebook)

SOLDIERS extend search, rescue and retrieval operations in Region 2. (Contributed photo)



Meanwhile, two UH-1H helicopters under the Tactical Operations Group (TOG)-2 have also transported 3,500 lbs of cargoes of relief assistance from Cagayan Provincial Capitol to the municipalities of Alcala, Amulung, Lal-lo, Solana, and Enrile in Cagayan which were rendered inaccessible due to massive flooding.

Further, Philippine Navy (PN) reservists from the Naval Affiliated Reserve Force (NARF) also deployed two amphibious trucks with two six-man rescue teams aboard to respond to 105 distress calls in flooded areas in Navotas City, said Lieutenant Commander Christina Roxas, acting director of the naval public affairs office.

Relief goods were also distributed to hundreds of families in Barangay Sta. Eulalia and Iyagan in Baao, Camarines Sur; and in Rodriguez and Montalban towns in Rizal province by navy reservists from the Naval Reserve Center-Southern Luzon and 22nd Naval Reserve Group-Team Star.

Likewise, the Philippine Army’s (PA) 54th Infantry Battalion carried out HADR missions to aid landslide victims in municipalities of Asipulo and Tinoc in Ifugao.

Army’s 1st and 80th Infantry Battalions also dispatched response teams in General Nakar, Quezon province.

However, they were ambushed by seven alleged communist rebels which disrupted their post-disaster response operations.

Luckily, no one was harmed on the side of the government and the troops managed to continue their HADR operations.

Back up teams were deployed to run after the bandits, said Major General Greg Almerol, commander of 2nd Infantry Division (2ID). (Martin A. Sadongdong)

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