HELPING THE HANDS SBMA employees sort the donations to be sent to the communities affected by Typhoon “Odette”. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) deployed 11 firefighters for a 10-day mission to Siargao Island to assist with relief and rescue operations in areas affected by the typhoon.
SBMA president and trustee Wilma Eisma confirmed the team flew to Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte on Sunday. Typhoon “Odette” first made landfall in Siargao on Thursday.
“Our team, led by SBMA fire chief Ranny Magno, a recognized expert in disaster and emergency operations, is experienced in this type of operations and specializes in urban search and rescue” , Eisma said.
“We understand that time is very crucial at this stage of the disaster response, so we immediately dispatched our relief team as soon as we can find transportation for them,” Eisma said.
She added that the SBMA emergency rescue team “has proven its ability during disaster missions in Baguio, Cagayan and Bicol, as well as during floods and fires in the communities surrounding the port. Subic franc “.
According to the latest report, 15 people have died on the island, which has also lost its supply of electricity and drinking water.
The rescue team also brought emergency supplies such as chainsaws, power tools, ropes and portable generators for cleanup operations.
The SBMA has also launched a donation campaign for the victims of the typhoon.
Armie Llamas, head of public relations at SBMA, said the agency had appealed for donations from stakeholders at Subic Freeport. Items requested included floor mats, hygiene kits, easy-to-open canned food, mosquito nets, pre-loved clothes and bottled water.
“We are now collecting donations from localization companies and residents of Subic, as well as from SBMA employees, and once we have enough we will send them through the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) and OCD ( Office of Civil Defense), ”Lamas said.