Thirteen members of a disaster-response team from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) left Manila on Wednesday afternoon to join search operations in Nepal.
The PRC Emergency Response Unit-Search and Rescue Team led by Leonardo Ebajo boarded a 3:05 p.m. Malaysia Airlines flight to Kuala Lumpur with a connecting flight to Kathmandu.
Ebajo said he believes that his team would be of help in the search operations after a strong earthquake struck the Himalayan nation on Saturday.
Reports as of Wednesday said the 7.9 magnitude earthquake had killed more than 4,000.
“Umaasa kami na marami pa ang mare-rescue doon dahil apat na araw pa lang ang nakalilipas mula ng yanigin ng lindol [I hope many more would be rescued because it has only been four days since the quake struck],” Ebajo told reporters at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The team, according to the team leader, is well trained in disaster response, which he said has been enriched by its experience during super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.
Also in the PRC team that went to Nepal were Don Erikson Orje, Aldrin Benavidez Pacapac, Eric James Pinlac Talavera, Bernie Jay Santos, Jay-Arr Aquino Bass, Andre Perez Villanueva, Noel Bautista Lapid, Romeo dela Cruz Paulmino, Hedion dela Cruz Esteban and Dave Dennis Nicolas Navida.