Navy Brings Relief Supplies to Siargao and Dinagat Islands Affected by ‘Odette’



Roel Pareno –

January 31, 2022 | 3:15 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Over the weekend, Naval Forces Western Mindanao delivered 50 tons of assorted relief items to communities on Siargao and Dinagat islands that were affected by Typhoon Odette last December, officials announced Monday.

Relief goods were transported from Zamboanga town and Cotabato town in convoys that traveled the more than a thousand kilometer stretch of highway to converge on the 402nd Infantry Brigade headquarters in the town. from Butuan and proceeded to the city of Surigao.

NFWM spokesman Lt. Chester Cabaltera said the relief mission was led by Lt. Cdr. Muksin Jasid, commander of the NFWM civil-military office for the city of Zamboanga, while Cdr. Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFR-WM) reservist Suharto Ambolodto led the Cotabato group.

A simple ceremony took place when the relief goods were handed over by Commo. Carlos Sabarre, Commander of Joint Task Force Sambisig and Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM) at the dock where BRP Gregorio Velasquez (AGR-702), the Joint Task Force command and control platform has Been docked for ongoing rescue mission.

Cabaltera said the relief items included sacks of rice, cans of food, noodles, clothes and drinking water which were donated by the Office of the Deputy Minority Leader of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Naval Reserve Unit, Joint Task Force Basilan, Westmincom CMO Unit, Civilian Stakeholders and Non-Governmental Organizations, and Zamboanga City Fishing Companies.

Rear Admiral Toribio Adaci Jr., Commander of the NFWM, expressed his gratitude for the support provided by the stakeholders, retired military officials and military units for the continuation of the humanitarian mission with the communities affected by the typhoon .

“Your navy, in addition to sending its ships to assist the ongoing relief operations, is also ready to travel thousands of miles just to reach our needy kababayans,” Adaci said.

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