“Prepare to assist our people during calamities. As first reponders we must be able to appropriately respond and help our people,” Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin told Northern Luzon Command at Camp Aquino in Tarlac today July 31.
Secretary Gazmin also asked unit commanders to identify Disaster Rescue and Relief Operations (DRRO) equipment needed to be included in the department’s shopping list.
As a response, NOLCOM chief Lt. Gen. Felicito Virgilio Trinidad Jr. said, “There is a dedicated unit per area in NOLCOM to assist our people. Our units are in close coordination with our civilian counterparts for quick and appropriate response. The system is working and was tested during typhoon Glenda.”
“Our focus is not only disaster response but preparations of our troops in collaboration with communities before a calamity strikes.”
Armed Forces Chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. is the former NOLCOM commander who directed all military commanders in central and northern Luzon to designate an area inside military camps as evacuation center.