Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division has refocused its disaster response effort from the recent incident in Northern Mindanao to the current concern in Central and Eastern Visayas.
With the shift in attention, recent efforts to collect relief goods for victims in Northern Mindanao has been stopped to favour the needs of the people in Central and Eastern Visayas.
Upon the request on December 27 of the Office of Civil Defense and Local Government Units in Regions 7 and 8, 8ID units performed disaster response efforts together with local PNP units in flooded areas of Cebu and Leyte. The degree of flooding in those areas prompted the NDRRMC to declare them recently as under a state of calamity.
The termination of efforts for affected areas in Northern Mindanao brought to a conclusion a week-long coordination to collect and deliver relief goods to the victims of Typhoon “Sendong”. A total of 373 sacks of used clothing, 16 sacks of rice, 20 ½ boxes of assorted canned goods, 22 boxes of noddles, and 4 boxes of mineral water in 500ml bottles have been collected and delivered.
“The concerted effort made by the 8ID, local government units and private sectors in Region 8 to help the typhoon victims in Region 10 is a manifestation of “bayanihan” in national scope”, said MGen Chan, Commander of 8ID.###