Fourth Infantry Division (4ID) remains steadfast in its Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) operations as it continues to serve in Northern Mindanao and Caraga Regions since the onslaght of the recent weather disturbance affecting the Visayas and Mindanao.
MGen Benjamin R Madrigal Jr., 4ID commander, ordered his line unit commanders to maintain close coordination with the different disaster response and rehabilitation management councils (DRRMCs) in their respective areas of responsibility especially that the calamity has caused immense damage in many areas and has displaced thousands of people.
Soldiers have already shifted from disaster response to relief and rehabilitation operations in the provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental, and Cagayan de Oro City. Troops were dispatched to help various local government units (LGUs) in delivering relief goods to the evacuation centers and in conducting clean up drives in affected schools and communities.
The 403rd Infantry Brigade has been augmenting additional troops from the 8th Infantry Battalion and 1st Special Forces Battalion to the rescue teams in Valencia City. They were able to transport the families from 11 barangays near the overflown Pulangui river to the evacuation areas.
In the 401st Infantry Brigade covering the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Butuan City has already deployed close to 400 soldiers who are conducting HADR in the area. They were able to help different LGUs and other rescuers to transport more than 12,000 affected families or 50,836 individuals to the different evacuation centers in these areas.
Meanwhile, the 402nd IB covering the provinces of Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte and province of Dinagat Islands has dispatched more than 300 soldiers and has been supporting the different affected localities during and after the recent calamity. The brigade has also focused its support to the Malimono town of Surigao del Norte after the area was isolated due to inaccessible provincial road and the damaging of the detour bridge in barangay Tinago caused by the ravaging flood.
Moreover, 225 affected families or 1,325 individuals in the nearby town, Mainit, were brought to the various evacuation centers due to the flood.
Madrigal commended all the key players for the active contribution and participation in helping the people during the hit of the recent calamity.
“We have once again proven that Bayanihan (working together as one) will lessen the effect of any catastrophe,” he said.
Further, the 4ID commander said that the unity that has been showcased is something that every Filipino should be proud of and should emulate.
He also said, “Rest assured that the 4th Infantry Division will be always be your partner in this side of the country. Let us all continue working together through the spirit of Bayanihan.” (4ID)