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9ID Continues humanitarian efforts to Tacloban



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur- The 9th Infantry (Spear) Division, Philippine Army continuously conducts humanitarian efforts by deploying several Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) teams composed of the 9ID personnel and with the support of LGUs, academe, religious sector, business establishments, media and private individuals to Tacloban early this morning.


The deployment of the new batch of HADR team of 9ID to Tacloban City is composed of 25 personnel who will undertake repair works at Rizal Central Elementary School, Brgy Rizal, Tacloban City and will extend and sustain the reconstruction operations to benefit other schools in Tacloban with the deployment of fresh troops coming from the different units to replace the presently deployed 9ID personnel in Tacloban City. The LGUs Tigaon and Sagñay, of Camarines Sur have already procured P500, 000.00 worth of construction materials to sustain and expand the reconstruction operations to benefit more school children in Tacloban. The beneficiary school, Rizal Central Elementary School is a big school located near the City Hall of Tacloban.


In addition to the concerted efforts for the Relief and Rehabilitation Program, the LGU-Lagonoy will also transport this morning, relief goods with 200 sacks of rice, canned goods, other food stuffs, cleaning materials, etc and will be distributed by the 9ID HADR teams, upon its arrival in Tacloban.


Last December 28, 9ID had deployed 18 personnel and three military vehicles to conduct relief and rehabilitation efforts and purposely to repair school buildings of Don Vicente Quintero Memorial School at Brgy Apitong, Tacloban City. Partner-stakeholders for the rehabilitation efforts are the LGU of Iriga and GCI Construction & Dev’t Corporation who provided construction materials and tools to be used for repair. The kick-off ceremony of the rehabilitation efforts is the distribution of Christmas gifts by Ateneo De Naga University volunteers which benefited the students of the school. They were given toys, food stuffs, shoebox with school supplies, school bags, and even new clothings. NFH Corporation also handed over financial assistance to add up to support the repair of classrooms. More than 700 packs of relief goods were also distributed by the DSWD V which was also part of the program. The HADR team headed by Cpt Rohula Balabaran of 42nd Infantry Battalion with personnel from Headquarters and Headquarters Service Battalion (HHSBn), 9th Civil Military Operations Battalion, and 9th Post Engineer Detachment have repaired nine classroom buildings, the Principal’s office, the school’s stage, and a CR renovated to become an additional classroom in less than a month. The team will leave said school with no trace of destruction, as instructed by Lt. Col. Lenart Lelina, 42IB Commander.


The HADR team also at the same time conducts feeding program to the elementary students every other day for the duration of one month. As part also of the rehabilitation, vegetable gardening is one of the projects in which soldiers of 42IB brought with them seedlings (week-old) to be planted and maintained by the students and teachers within the school premises. Even neighboring communities have benefited and created their vegetable garden which will sustain their food needs. 9ID had also donated its Christmas fund for this Rehabilitation project.


The faculty of Don Vicente Quintero Memorial School headed by Mr. Cesar C. Corpin, the School Principal rendered send-off ceremony to the 9ID HADR team with Dr. Carmela R Tamayo Ed.D. Asst Schools Division Superintendent as the Guest speaker and thanked the group and other stakeholders who supported and extended assistance for the successful project.


Maj Gen. Yerson E Depayso, 9ID Commander said that 9ID will continue its commitment to assist and send personnel for the relief and rehabilitation program for the typhoon-stricken areas. The Relief and Rehabilitation Project is now at Phase 2 of the reconstruction stage.