MANAOAG, Pangasinan, Nov. 23 (PIA) - Army personnel of the 702nd Infantry (Defender) Brigade have voluntarily donated part of their allowance to help flood-affected residents in Cagayan Region.
Major Rogelio Dumbrigue, chief of the Civil Military Operations (CMO) of the Brigade said their Commander, Brigadier-General Audrey Pasia, has given the green light to start the donation drive not just of voluntary financial assistance but even for other basic necessities of the flood victims from the Army personnel themselves.
"Inilaan po ng mga nasa 702nd Brigade ang allowance namin sa pagkain para mai-share natin sa ating mga kababayan na nasalanta ng bagyo at pagbaha," Dumbrigue said during the Kapihan sa PIA-Pangasinan, Thursday.
The Brigade continues to accept donations from government agencies and non-government organizations for transport to Cagayan, he added.
In the same forum, Maj. Dumbrigue said army personnel and equipment were augmented by the Brigade in the disaster-stricken areas particularly in Regions 2 (Cagayan) and 5 (Bicol).
He said Philippine Army personnel also helped in the hauling of the donations from benefactors and provided security and manpower assistance to the humanitarian team of the province of Pangasinan which embarked on a 14-hour land trip for the Cagayan Relief Mission or Oplan Tulong.
Soldiers will extend help to those in need regardless if they are on the side of the government or not, he assured.
"Makakaasa po kayo na ang inyong kasundaluhan ay patuloy na tutulong sa lahat ng mga kababayan nating nangangailangan," Maj. Dumbrigue said.
The 702nd Infantry Brigade, based in Manaoag town covers the four provinces of Region 1, the province of Abra and two towns in Mountain Province. (JCR/AMB/VHS/PIA-Pangasinan)