By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Philippine Air Force (PAF) once again has been called into action as the country launches recovery efforts from
the latest twin typhoons to hit the Philippines in Jolina and Kiko.
Disaster Response Teams from Tactical Operations Wing Southern Luzon are now now now high alert and in the thick of things
conducting rescue and evacuation operations to residents affected by typhoon Jolina.
The PAF Huey II Nr 662 conducted a Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis over
the affected areas of Burias Island, Masbate City together with representatives from the Office
of Civil Defense Region 5.
The said aircraft also conducted Search, Rescue and Retrieval Operations over the coastal
areas of Paguiranan, Balud, and Asid Gulf in Masbate to search for the missing fishermen.
Out of the eight (8) fishermen, four (4) bodies were retrieved, three (3) were rescued, while
the remaining fisherman is still missing.
Likewise, the PAF provided KM250 vehicles to ferry stranded residents of Noveleta to Cavite
Meanwhile, a total of 25 families (93 individuals) were evacuated in Brgy. Tejero in
Balayan, Batangas. The PAF also conducted road clearing operations in Brgy. Dela Paz in
In preparation to the aftermath of Typhoon Kiko, DRTs from Tactical Operations Wing
Northern Luzon is also on alert and standby mode.
“Rest assured, the PAF will always be ready to be called upon to help our fellow Filipinos in
times of disasters and calamities,” a member of the search and rescue team said. (ai/mtvn)