Concerned agencies started airlifting food and non-food items for the typhoon and prolonged rain-affected towns of Apayao on Nov. 2.
With the improvement of the weather, operatives from the Philippine Air Force Tactical Operations Group 2 were dispatched to deliver family food packs and other non-food items in the municipalities of Calanasan and Kabugao.
This was reported during the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Response Cluster virtual meeting on Nov. 2 presided by Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera Assistant Director for Operations Amelyn Cabrera.
Personnel from the DSWD, Kalinga Provincial Police Office and other units, Bureau of Fire Protection-Kalinga, and the Philippine Army loaded the food packs to the air assets stationed at the Camp Captain Juan Duyan in Tabuk City.
From the landing zone in Poblacion, Calanasan, the goods will be delivered to the affected barangays.
The use of the air assets was coordinated by Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera Director Albert Mogol to the Philippine Air Force Tactical Operations Groups 1 and 2 and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Northern Luzon Command.
Concerned agenciesCalanasan Mayor Shamir Bulut has requested the DSWD through Director Leo Quintilla for additional family food packs for the families in the municipality affected by the heavy rains.
Bulut said the road lines leading to the municipality have been on a close-open situation due to the numerous landslides, road cuts and erosions, impeding the normal trade and commerce resulting to the scarcity of basic necessities and prime commodities in the municipality.
Calanasan was placed under state of calamity since Oct. 20.
The DSWD-Cordillera reported family food packs will also be air lifted to Kabugao, Apayao for families affected by recent calamities. – Redjie M. Cawis