MANILA, Dec. 8 (PNA) -- Evacuees who hunkered down into various evacuation shelters in Sorsogon, Albay and Catanduanes in the Bicol Region over the weekend due to typhoon "Ruby" are now returning home, Major Angelo Guzman, Southern Luzon Command (SolCom) spokesperson, said on Monday.
"The 903rd Infantry Brigade and 31st Infantry Battalion started assisting evacuees in Sorsogon in returning to their homes at 7 a.m. Monday," he said.
He added that the 901st Infantry Brigade, 2nd Infantry Battalion and 83rd Infantry Battalion also began assisting evacuees in Albay and Catanduanes to return to their homes starting at 9 a.m.
Guzman also said that the Masbate airport in the same region is now clear for landing.
No casualties attributable to "Ruby" were reported in the three provinces, he added.
"The Southern Luzon Command is closely monitoring the preparations and effects of Ruby in Romblon and Mindoro," Guzman said.
Aside from this, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has given 500 sacks of rice to the Southern Luzon Command units directly involved in humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR).
Around 300 troopers from the 2nd Infantry Division were alerted for HADR missions, complementing efforts being done by the 4th Infantry Battalion.
"All three naval vessels docked in San Pascual, Burias Island, Masbate were properly secured and in operational condition," Guzman said.
Aside from these missions, the Southern Luzon Command announced that it has now alerted its rapid damage and needs assessment teams for post-"Ruby" operations.
Guzman said that disaster response operation units are now helping in clearing roads blocked by typhoon debris. (PNA) SCS/PFN