1ID offers aid to Typhoon Odette victims in Surigao City

CAMP SANG-AN, ZDS—The Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division partnered with the Office of the Civil Defense-Region IX (OCD-IX) to provide humanitarian assistance to Typhoon Odette victims in Surigao City Tuesday, December 21.

Together with the 53rd Infantry Battalion and the 547th Engineer Brigade, the Tabak Division helped transport food items (FIs) and non-food items (NFIs) to OCD-CARAGA Region. OCD-CARAGA received hygiene kits, shelter repair kits, blankets, family kits, and family packs.

Also, ten portable generator units were turned over to OCD-CARAGA to sustain its relief assistance.

The 1ID, in coordination with the OCD-IX and the NDRRMC, assures the Filipino people that they will help the affected families through its HADR operations and guarantee their safety and welfare.

Army units, including the Reserve Force, were utilized before, during, and after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette.

The Philippine Army will not cease its HADR operations until everyone is brought to safety.Typhoon Odette made its first landfall over Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte on December 16 at 1:30 p.m.

The succeeding landfalls were in Dinagat Islands, Southern Leyte, the eastern portion of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Palawan.

As of posting, more than 368,000 families were affected, based on the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) records.

The areas of MIMAROPA, Region 6, Region 7, Region 8, Region 9, Region 10, CARAGA, and BARMM were hit hard by TC Odette.

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