Friday, June 25, 2010

500 Army Soldiers Clean the Binasagan River in CamSur

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – 500 Army soldiers stockpiled their service firearms and flocked to a river in CamSur for de-clogging operations today, a military report said.

Major Harold Cabunoc, Division Spokesperson, said that the Binasagan river had over-flowed during the heavy rains last year, leaving hundreds of soldiers stranded inside the camp.

“If we are stranded due to heavy flooding, we might end up being unable to send our Disaster Response teams to save the victims of natural disasters. Likewise, the protection of this river is the responsibility of the community and the soldiers who are assigned here,” said Cabunoc.

Colonel Arthur Ang, the Chief of Staff of the 9th Infantry Division, led the soldiers during the clean-up drive which kicked-off at 6:00am.

“It is part of our sworn duty to protect the environment. In our Oath of a Filipino soldier, we commit ourselves to be ‘maka-kalikasan’ (pro-environment),” Ang proudly declared in a TV interview.

A week ago, the Disaster Response Operations Platoon has completed its training activities in preparation to the foreseen natural disasters which plague the Bicol Region every year.

Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and gadgetry, the DRO platoon will be deployed to conduct search and rescue operations ‘anytime and anywhere’.

Presently, the DRO platoon is re-echoing their skills and techniques to all disaster response teams assigned to the brigades and battalions.

Major General Ruperto Pabustan, Commander of the 9th Infantry Division, has directed the subordinate units to activate their own teams to be deployed for disaster response operations in their respective area of responsibility

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