Visayas Command steps up search and rescue efforts in Leyte

Visayas Command (Viscom) will intensify its search and rescue efforts in Leyte. | Photo courtesy of VISCOM

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Visayas Command (Viscom) will intensify search and rescue efforts in affected communities in Leyte Province as favorable weather conditions have begun.

Viscom, said in a statement on Saturday April 16, apart from that, additional search and rescue teams in Tacloban City had arrived on April 14, 2022.

These teams were from the Philippine Air Force’s 505th Search and Rescue Group and the Philippine Army’s 525th Engineer Combat Battalion, which would be deployed in Abuyog and Baybay City, Leyte Province.

These personnel will complement the teams deployed by Joint Task Force Storm and the search and rescue teams of Tactical Operations Group 8 of the Central Tactical Operations Wing (TOWCEN), Philippine Air Force; Philippine National Police (PNP); Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP); Philippine Coast Guard, and some private sector volunteers who had been working since the storming of the Tropical Depression Agaton.

Lt. Gen. Robert Dauz, commander of Viscom, said they would continue their efforts to provide needed assistance to those areas affected by Tropical Depression Agaton.

“We will mobilize necessary assets to support local government units to expedite the delivery of relief goods and basic services to affected communities,” Dauz said in the statement.

On April 12, 2022, the 301st Infantry Brigade Humanitarian Disaster Response Team under Joint Task Force Spear, in conjunction with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 6 , carried out the transport of at least 6,000 boxes of family food parcels. These will be distributed to families affected by the typhoon in the municipalities of Sara and Ajuy in the province of Iloilo.

In addition, personnel from the 603rd Community Defense Center (CDC) of the 6th Regional Community Defense Group (RCDG) along with members of the Panitan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Capiz, conducted the operations of relief in affected communities in the city. .

Additionally, 27 tons of relief items from Naval Forces Central (NFC) in conjunction with DSWD and Naval Reserve Center Eastern Visayas arrived in Baybay City, Leyte on 14 April.

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