NOLCOM deploys reliable Huey's to to Cagayan Valley

NOLCOM deploys reliable Huey's to to Cagayan Valley

 

 

Cagayan Valley was caught unaware experiencing the worst flood since the1970’s.

Days after the  typhoon has passed some barangays are still in water and not passable by the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ 6x6 utility trucks.

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) relied to the workhorses in its fleet, the AFP’s Northern Luzon Command dispatched four Huey’s (2 Bell UH-1H Huey and 2 Bell 412EP combat utility helicoptersto Cagayan Valley on Saturday as they shift the focus of their “post-Ulysses” humanitarian missions to Region 2.

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The NOLCOM Commander Major General Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr handed down the order after the historic and unprecedented flooding was recorded in the province’s history.

“My order is for these air assets not to have idle time”, said Maj Gen Burgos while adding that “they will be stationed in Cauayan, Isabela and, in coordination with the provincial government, will be deployed for Search, Rescue, Retrieval and Relief Operations particularly on those far-flung areas which land-based vehicles are unable to reach.”

“These strategic assets under NOLCOM, which come with four Search and Rescue Teams, will complement the 138 SRR Teams of 5th Infantry Division, the core of which is composed of two Army Battalions and one Marine Battalion Landing Team, who are at all times in close coordination with the different Disaster Risk Reduction Offices from the Region as well as in the Provincial down to the municipal levels”, he added.

According to experts the flooding was a result of different factors like such as Magat Dam’s opening of gates and the large number of rainwater from the Sierra Madres and Cordillera Mountain Ranges which have now finally reached the lowlands of Cagayan Valley. These were compounded by the high water level in the seas thereby causing “back flow” from the supposed outlets of major water ways in the region.

 

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