By DPAO, 8ID PA
December 5, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan, Samar – The 20th Infantry (We Lead) Battalion of the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division once again demonstrated its being the protector of the people in its area of operations that include Northern Samar as the unit conducted Disaster Rescue and Relief Operations (DRRO) during the onslaught of Tropical Storm “Tisoy” on December 2, 2019.
“We Lead” troopers responded to the call of duty by augmenting the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) and Peace, Law Enforcement and Development Support (PLEDS) Cluster both of Gamay Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC) in Northern Samar and rescued 216 families who were trapped by the flash floods caused by intermittent rains, thereby preventing any casualty in the area.
The Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) operations of 20IB and Local Government Unit (LGU) Gamay, Northern Samar dubbed as “Operation Tisoy” includes rescue and relief operations as well as immediate road clearing operations which is still ongoing as of this report.
“The lessons taught by Super Typhoon “Yolanda” six years ago, made us more resilient, empowered and proactive to withstand disasters that might befall upon us anytime. The mitigation measures being implemented by the LGU through its Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the military with the cooperation of the local residents prevented the loss of lives, limbs and properties” Major General Pio Q. Diñoso III, Commander of 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division said.