KUTA SANG-AN, Pulacan, Zambo del Sur – Troops of 44th Infantry (Agile and Stable) Battalion, 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division showed their resiliency during the onslaught of Typhoon Vinta on December 23, 2017.
Troops successfully rescued thousands of families affected by flashfloods in municipalities of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay provinces.
Lt. Col Jonathan P. Obena, Battalion Commander of 44th IB, utilized the unit’s resources to save 1500 affected families in partnership with Disaster Response Teams and the Bureau of Fire of the concerned provinces.
The Battalion deployed their rescue teams and facilitated the transportation of affected civilians to evacuation centers utilizing the military trucks. As a form of preventive evacuation, the said civilians were also warned thru Loudspeakers, the same equipment that was notably used during Marawi Seige that likewise saved some of the captured hostages.
“The 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division in collaboration with the Local Government Units in our area of operation will continue to serve the local populace not only in peace and security matters but also in humanitarian assistance and disaster response actions”, said Brig. General Roseller Murillo, the 1st Infantry Division Commander.