Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PAF delivers 43 tons of relief goods to 'Ruby' affected areas

From the Philippine News Agency (Dec 9): PAF delivers 43 tons of relief goods to 'Ruby' affected areas

In line with the ongoing government relief efforts, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) announced that it has delivered 43 tons of relief items and materials to "Ruby" battered areas of Borongan, Dolores, Catarman in Samar Province Monday.

This was achieved by flying four C-130 sorties alongside with four UH-1H flying missions.

PAF spokesperson Lt. Col. Enrico Canaya said that two C-130 and two UH-IH helicopters were utilized for this missions.

The 43 tons of emergency cargo is equivalent to 95,350 pounds, he said.

He added that the C-130s loaded relief goods from Mactan Air Base and unloaded the items at Borongan and Catarman while the two UH-1H shuttles them to affected areas such as Dolores and Kaybani Island.  

It is expected that the delivery of relief goods to Samar will continue as well as to places identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development weather permitting.

Relief goods include sacks of rice, biscuits, medicines, etc.

Canaya said that the PAF also established aerodrome support at Borongan Airport by clearing the runway since Dec. 7 and on Dec. 8, a C-130 landed in Borongan and unloaded their mobile disaster response unit consisting of 49 search and rescue teams, medical and engineering team, air traffic controllers with communication vehicle and assorted equipment from Palawan.

Two more UH-1Hs also arrived on the same day from Mactan with Lt. Gen. Nicanor Vivar, the Central Command head and Major Gen. Sonny Manalo, 2nd Air Division head and the forward air support team consisting of 11 personnel and their equipment.

All other PAF air assets are on standby at Villamor Air Base, Clark, Mactan, Palawan and will be made available for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations when directed. 

At present, HADR operations are being managed by the Central Command.

The Central Command also directed an aerial reconnaissance mission using the PAF's N-22 Nomad aircraft over Borongan, Dolores and other parts of Samar to assess the extent of damage caused by Typhoon "Ruby".


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