The Philippine Army in Negros Oriental is coordinating with the Armed Forces of the Philippines to send a C-130 plane to the Dumaguete airport to airlift relief goods for typhoon victims in Leyte.
Brig. Gen. Francisco Patrimonio, commander of the 302nd Infantry Brigade, yesterday said he has recommended to the AFP Central Command in the Visayas a possible first humanitarian flight out from Dumaguete to Tacloban in Leyte today.
He said many civic organizations, schools and other groups have requested for free transport of relief goods to Leyte.
Patrimonio, who heads the Army units in Negros Oriental and the fifth district of Negros Occidental, Silliman University and ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya in Dumaguete, have already mobilized relief goods for Leyte.
SU has five tons of relief goods, that include food, water, canned goods, clothing and rice, and the TV station has three tons.
A C-130 flight is allowed a maximum capacity of 13 tons, and Patrimonio said he hopes that other groups may want to avail of the free flight to Leyte and urged them to prepare the relief items.
Priority will be given to the transport of relief aid, not people, on board the military aircraft since it will not return to Dumaguete from Tacloban, he said.
He encouraged donor groups to coordinate with the Department of Social Welfare and Development to receive the goods in Tacloban and urged groups that cannot catch up with the first C-130 flight to prepare for another flight, hopefully, by next week.
Meanwhile, Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria said he has recommended that the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council allocate P1 million as financial assistance for affected residents in Tacloban, Ormoc and other areas, subject to approval by the Sangguniang Panlungsod.*JFP/JG
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