Saturday, November 9, 2013

Albay sends 179-man humanitarian mission to typhoon-devastated Leyte, Samar
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 9 (PNA) -- The Team Albay-Office of Civil Defense 5 will conduct a two-week humanitarian mission in Leyte and Samar provinces, according to Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda who has approved the mercy expedition.

The assistance mission will leave at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, with a 179-man group composed of eight service delivery teams of experienced and skilled volunteers.

The water sanitation team, with filtration machine and water tank lory, is composed of volunteers from the Provincial Engineering Office, 10 men; Provincial Health Office, 10; Provincial General Services Office, three; Naval Forces for Southern Luzon, seven; and Armed Forces of the Philippines, 16.

The land and water search and rescue team will have personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection, 12; Navforsol, nine; 2nd Infantry Battalion and 9th Infantry Division, 18; and Philippine Air Force-Tactical Operations Group 5, eight.

For the medical team, the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital will have a component of 24 experts, to be assisted by 12 volunteers from the Albay Health and Emergency Medical unit.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development will send four psychosocial experts while the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office will have four volunteers for relief support.

Other teams will render support services like kitchen/operations from the PSWDO and the Governor's Office, 12 personnel; management team from the GO -- one, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office -- four, DSWD -- four, and driver-mechanics, four; communications team, ten; and Sangguniang Panlalawigan, five.

"The humanitarian mission to the provinces of Leyte and Samar, which stood directly in the path of super typhoon 'Yolanda,' will see action again after a fresh similar benevolent gesture of support to the residents of Bohol, which was devastated by an earthquake on Oct. 15," Salceda said.

The Team Albay-OCD5 stayed with their Boholano brothers for 10 days, not only because Bohol is a sister province of Albay but also because the Albayanos want to pay back the magnanimous assistance given to them when they also needed help from sympathetic provinces and other local government units of the country, Salceda added.(PNA) FPV/FGS/CBD/PJN