CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – Major General Henry A. Robinson Jr PA, commander of Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) visited Catanduanes, together with Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Congressman Hector Sanchez and officials from Office of the Civil Defense, Region 5 recently visited the typhoon-stricken province of Catanduanes.
The military and civilian officials conducted aerial survey on board the military helicopters to determine the extent of damage that typhoon Rolly has left in the province.
Upon landing on the island capital, an inter-agency meeting ensued to discuss and assess possible aid and appropriate assistance necessary to help the residents in the province.
Following the meeting with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, Bautista, MGen. Robinson, Governor Cua and Cong. Sanchez assisted by 9th Infantry Division troopers and DSWD personnel distributed relief goods to the people of Virac who were badly hit by Typhoon Rolly.
The troopers assisted clearing roads that were not passable due to landslide, uprooted electrical posts and fallen trees. They also helped repair the local water sewerage system, electric lines and communication cables.
The only means of communication is through radio established by Task Force Sagip of 9ID connecting to the mainland. Initial estimated damage to infrastructures pegged at around P700 Million.
Currently, JTF Bicolandia’s air assets continue its effort to deliver basic life sustenance such as food and clean drinking water from different government agencies and other private benefactors to aid the victims of Super Typhoon Rolly.
JTF Bicolandia under MGen. Robinson is very optimistic with the positive Bayanihan Spirit of the Bicolanos who are collaborating with the different government agencies and other stakeholders selflessly helping people in dire needs and expediting recovery, the tragedy brought by Rolly will soon be overcomed.
“ This is indeed a devastating and heartbreaking occurrence to our beloved Bicolanos, pero kami po ay naniniwala na malalampasan po natin ang lahat ng ito basta’t tayo ay magkaisa at magtulungan. Ang inyong kasundaluhan dito sa Bicol with the help of other stakeholders ay nkahanda po sa lahat ng oras na tumulong, at tutulong po sa abot ng aming makakaya para sa inyong muling pagbangon.” MGen. Robinson said.