Military assets still on deployment due to ‘habagat’ onslaught

By on August 16, 2016

MANILA – With the continuing inclement weather brought by the “habagat” or southwest monsoon, the Philippine Army (PA) has deployed four KM-450 trucks with four squads in the towns of Rodriquez and San Mateo, Rizal for possible rescue and pre-emptive evacuation missions.

This was stressed by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in its 8:00 a.m. Tuesday update.

As this develops, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)’s Joint Task Group-National Capital Region has also deployed one KM-450 truck with six personnel, from the Civil-Military Operations, to help the Marikina City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office on the transportation and distribution of relief goods from the Marikina Sports Complex to the Barangay Nangka Evacuation Center.

Two teams from the Army Signals Regiment arrived at the headquarters of the 1st Engineering Combat Company and are now standing watch in Marikina City.

A water search-and-rescue team is also on stand-by for possible rescue missions.