Military engineers, with the assistance of the Army's 1st Special Forces Battalion, have started clearing the roads of
Once the roads are cleared, delivery of goods and aid to victims of super typhoon "Yolanda" will be faster, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said.
He added that the engineers and their support troops arrived in Tacloban in two batches Monday and Tuesday.
Zagala said that the mission of these military personnel is to aid other troopers in the ongoing humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) operations as well as to provide assistance in road clearing operations,support on-going evacuations, and assist efforts to restore peace and order in typhoon-stricken areas.
He added that the military is expecting more responders from the Philippine Army in the coming days.
Meanwhile, the 11 M-35 trucks from the Army are expected to arrive this Wednesday in Tacloban to assist in the transport requirements from the two current major supply drop-off points in Tacloban and Guiuan.
In other hard- to- reach areas in
Mactan Air Base in Cebu remains the main supply hub for relief goods going into
In aid of ongoing HADR efforts in Tacloban, the
US C-130s in Tacloban brought in HADR assets and relief goods and helped evacuate survivors out of
There are between four to seven sorties in and out of
In Panay, the provinces of Capiz and Aklan, and portions of
Two major supply/logistics hubs were identified and established by the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division in
Since Day One, forty-five officers and 800 enlisted personnel from the 3rd Infantry Division have been conducting HADR operations in
Additionally, 250 reservists from the Army, Air Force, and Navy volunteered their time to assist in the ongoing operations in
AFP choppers also brought in the relief goods into
When the roads were cleared, the Army used their M-35 trucks to keep the flow of goods and HADR assets moving from
Likewise, two Navy ships (DF-341 and DF-352) delivered aid and relief goods to the islands of Carles and Estancia in