AFP, Canadian team boost relief work in WV

International aid for super-typhoon Yolanda's victims in Western Visayas has arrived with the coming of the Canadian Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) last November 14 at the Iloilo International Airport.
The DART personnel were onboard the military trucks of the Armed Forces of the Philippines when they left the airport bound for Capiz.
Yesterday, the engineers conducted repair assessment in Pontevedra, Capiz with the assistance of Army personnel from the 552nd Engineering Construction Battalion, 31 Division Reconnaissance Company of 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army, and personnel of Headquarters, 3ID in digging latrines and road clearing on route from Roxas City to Pontevedra.
The Canadian Mobile Medical Team (MMT) also conducted a medical mission in an evacuation center at Pontevedra, Capiz. A medical team from the 3rd Infantry Division also augmented the Canadian MMT. The team also assessed the health situation in Pilar Capiz for a medical mission.
Additional personnel, medical supplies and a huge generator set to be placed at the evacuation center were transported yesterday from Iloilo International Airport to Roxas City utilizing the AFP’s military trucks.
Meanwhile, Colonel Supardi and Major Situros of the Indonesian Military Defense Attaché arrived in Roxas City yesterday onboard Indonesian C-130 aircraft.
Indonesia extended 36 tons of relief goods which were transported by C-130 in four sorties.
Relief items also kept on coming in Roxas City airport. Yesterday, C-130 of the Philippine Air Force delivered relief goods in two sorties with 37 tons of relief goods. Japan has delivered 9 tons of relief items via their C-130 aircraft while Indonesia added another 17 tons of relief items. The AFP likewise provided support personnel and manpower in unloading and loading of relief goods using military trucks and immediately delivered to typhoon-victims.
Over the weekend, about 46,500 relief packs were transported by the AFP which can feed the same number of families for 2-3 days.
Yesterday alone, 28,555 relief packs for same number of families were delivered using the Army trucks, Air Force helicopters, and Navy vessels across the region.
Proper management of personnel has been observed by the different Commanders on the ground in order to minimize stress among its personnel who have been working since Day 1 of Disaster Response Operations.

The Army developed a rotational scheme of truck drivers and support personnel, same with the Air Force where pilots take turns regularly, while the Navy being pre-positioned near the Island barangays picking-up relief goods strategically hauled at the mainland, has a similar scheme. (Source: AFP)

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