CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – In addition to their commitment to serve the people and to secure the land, troops from the 601st Infantry Brigade composed of the 7th Infantry ‘Tapat’ Battalion, Joint Task Force – Talakudong, and 5th Special Forces Battalion, in partnership with the local disaster team of the Municipality of Isulan have stepped up in providing humanitarian efforts to rescue and assist hundreds of families and brought to safer grounds as flash floods adversely affected the low lying areas of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat brought about by tropical storm ‘Dante’ on May 30, 2021.
Lieutenant Colonel Rommel Valencia, Commanding Officer of 7IB, said that the composite teams coming from units under 601st Brigade conducted search and rescue operations in flooded areas of Isulan and provided transportation assistance during the evacuation of affected residents. “Our troops carried the senior citizens, the physically disabled, the children, and those who were sick after their houses were flooded”, Lt. Col. Valencia said.
Heavy rains brought by tropical storm ‘Dante’ resulted in the overflow of Kapingkong River that caused the flooding of Sitio Upper Villa Rica and Bagong Silang both of Barangay Sampao in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat.
As of this writing, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) has recorded a total of 161 families or 604 individuals were affected by the said flooding. The displaced families are temporarily staying at the evacuation center of the Isulan, Sultan Kudarat.
Brigadier General Roy Galido, Commander of 601st Infantry Brigade, said “Our troops are always ready to help our countrymen in this time of disaster and rallied the available assets to help the residents who were affected by the floods.”
Major General Juvymax R. Uy, Commander, 6ID and Joint Task Force Central, lauded the soldiers’ initiatives to immediately respond and help the people of Sultan Kudarat. “As soldiers, it is our duty to serve our countrymen in any situation,” MGen. Uy stressed, adding that soldiers are not only trained in warfighting but also in humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations as well to save lives and assist those who are in need.
Meanwhile, Isulan Mayor, Honorable Marites Pallasigue, expressed her appreciation to the 6th Infantry Division for their immediate response in helping her constituents who were adversely affected by the flooding brought by typhoon Dante. In a media interview, Mayor Pallasigue said, “We are very grateful to the snappy men and women of the 7th IB and other uniformed troops, together with the elements from the Regional Community Defense Group and to our Local Disaster Team in rescuing the people of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat.”