Gov’t soldiers share heart-warming stories during relief distribution
An old lady from Passi, Iloilo was jumping with joy upon seeing clothing inside a pack she received from Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Corporal Elmer Solis during their relief work recently.
When Solis asked her why, she answered, “All of my clothes were gone after the typhoon. Thank you so much, you’re such a blessing.”
Solis then told her that the goods did not come from him and that he just drove the M35 truck going to their place.
“It doesn’t matter, you’re doing such an enormous service to the people like us,” replied the old lady. It somehow relieved the exhaustion that Solis felt due to continuous relief operations, seeing people so happy and thankful for the efforts of the Army.
Meanwhile, Petty Officer 1 Samuel Arnaldo, Boat Captain of DF 352 of the Philippine Navy and his family were also adversely affected when typhoon Yolanda hit Roxas City, Capiz.
However, he and his fellow sailors were the first responders in northern Panay, particularly in Estancia, Iloilo.
Arnaldo recounted that people, who were already hungry, rushed towards them because they brought relief goods.
The Islands of Manipolon, Togigunot, Sicogon and Bayas were reached by these gallant sailors who gave hope to the people that they were not forgotten.
Meanwhile, Ltc Bobby Calub, Commander of the Tactical Operations Group-6 (TOG-6) who supervises the aerial relief operations said, “I have noticed that our pilots are still performing aerial sorties for relief distribution even beyond the meal time. I personally see the situation of the people especially in the hinterland and island barangays where they don’t have food to eat, that’s why we are maximizing the flying time in order to deliver enough food for them.”
Major General Aurelio Baladad, Commander of 3ID and the most senior AFP officer in Western Visayas said, “We can see the excellent result of Bayanihan not only among us Filipinos, but also in working together with our counterparts from other countries. The AFP will do whatever it takes to respond to the needs of our people. We enjoin other stakeholders to work with us so that we can save more lives and recover as soon as possible.” (Source: AFP)