Some 1,500 troopers of the 8th Infantry Division are now on stand-by for possible relief missions that may be needed in the aftermath of Typhoon "Ruby" which is expected to make landfall this weekend.
Major Gen. Jet B. Velarmino, 8th Infantry Division spokesman, said that the soldiers are equipped with mobility assets and already prepositioned in various areas of Samar and
to help in disaster response missions.
An additional 300 disaster response personnel with varying rescue capabilities are on standby at the Division Headquarters in Catbalogan City, Samar and Disaster Response Task Force 8 headquarters in Tacloban City, Leyte ready to respond in areas that will most affected by "Ruby".
Velarmino is also the concurrent head of Disaster Response Task Force 8.
“The disaster response units and their complement of mobility assets, will provide the capability to move the badly injured for medical care, and to help move relief supplies to isolated areas in the aftermath of the typhoon," he said.