PH Navy extends aid to ‘Ramon’ victims in Northern Luzon

Robie de Guzman

MANILA – The Philippine Navy’s Naval Forces in Northern Luzon is currently conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operation for families affected by Typhoon Ramon (international name: Kalmaegi) this week.

In a statement, the Philippine Navy said members of its unit based at Naval Base Camilo Osias had provided assistance to residents prior to the landfall of ‘Ramon.’

The Navy said it conducted disaster mitigation efforts such as the distribution of relief goods to 52 affected families at Barangay Kapanikian; while residents who evacuated their homes in Casambalangan, Limbus, and Dumasag were brought designated evacuation areas like Tangatan gymnasium and Sta. Ana gymnasium.

According to initial reports received by the navy, at least 5,000 people have fled their homes in the northern part of the country ahead of the onslaught of Typhoon Ramon on Tuesday.

It also dispatched two teams that acted as a support agency to Barangay Casagan.

Other troops, meanwhile, were sent to the municipal gymnasium to provide logistics and resources, observe and maintain security in the area, as well as help in the delivery of relief goods in the affected areas. The Philippine Navy said its unit in northern Luzon continues to monitor the situation in Cagayan. as well as in nearby provinces such as Isabela, Batanes, and Ilocos region for possible deployment and search and rescue operations.

“As emphasized by Naval Forces Northern Luzon Commander, Commodore Caesar Bernard N Valencia AFP, ‘let us continuously provide all necessary assistance to all Cagayanos who are affected by Typhoon Ramon and let us assure that people affected are all in a safe area,’” it added.

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