With Typhoon “Ruby” now threatening a large portion of the country, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said that the US Embassy in Manila has offered nine Lockheed C-130 “Hercules” cargo aircraft and three Lockheed P-3C “Orion” maritime surveillance planes for air assessment and monitoring.
The US Embassy also offered medical, relief workers and other support if needed, AFP 7th Civil Relations Group commander Major Emmanuel Garcia said.
“Other foreign armed forces also offering help & coordinating with MNCC (multi-national coordination center),” he said.
Other preparations being conducted by the AFP for Typhoon “Ruby” include:
-Deployment of soldiers and police to secure National Food Authority warehouses in typhoon threatened areas;
-Placing of additional water sanitation teams in stand-by;
-Additional troops were sent to the Department of Social Welfare and Development repacking center in Pasay City to help repacking in the repacking of relief items;
-Placing of additional 15 trucks, a total of 45 all, and each stationed in major services headquarters and 12 trucks in Joint Task Force-National Capital Region headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
Garcia also added that Central Command troopers are now conducting security patrols to protect business establishments in Leyte and Samar.
While the Catbalogan-based 8th Infantry Division has dedicated a total of 1,171 personnel for rescue & relief plus 638 reservists; ready to add 6,601 follow-on forces with 604 reservists, while the Southern Luzon Command has deployed troops to prevent looting and crime
The command is also ready to deploy additional troops to island provinces of Romblon, Mindoro, Marinduque, Masbate and Catanduanes if needed.
The Southern Luzon Command has also 861 regular troops and alerted reserve units for possible rescue work.
While the Western Command has pre-loaded relief items to two Navy, two Coast Guard and two Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources ships which are now ready to proceed to affected areas after the storm. PNA