Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Army helps stranded commuters in Lanao del Sur

From the Philippine Information Agency (Nov 14): Army helps stranded commuters in Lanao del Sur

Around 150 stranded commuters and motorists here have sought refuge at the headquarters of the 51st Infantry Battalion on Sunday night, November 11. Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Ceasar Marlon M. Yadao, said the stranded commuters were accommodated to stay overnight at the Battalion headquarters because part of the Narciso Ramos Highway was not passable to any type of vehicles due to flood waters. He said the heavy downpour of rains that started at around 12:30 in the afternoon caused flooding along the national highway, particularly at Barangay BPS Village and Bago-Ingud. Yadao immediately dispatched a platoon of Disaster Relief and Rescue Operation Unit and two military trucks to the area to extend transportation to the commuters. As the situation got worse at around 6 p.m., Yadao dispatched another platoon to secure the commuters and motorists from lawless elements and extortionists in the area. The stranded commuters and motorists came from the Zamboanga Peninsula and the cities of Pagadian, Iligan and Marawi. They were offered hot cooked rice and sardines during their stay since most of them have not yet taken their meals. The facilities of the military unit, as well as, the personal beddings and hammocks of the soldiers were also offered to them as a sign of hospitality. They left the camp premises on Monday morning, November 12. (51st IB/APB/PIA-10)

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