SOLDIER HEROES who were injured while performing daring rescue missions during the onslaught of typhoon 'Pablo' will receive a monetary assistance from fellow soldiers from the Philippine Army.(Photo by Major Harold M Cabunoc)
FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City- All Army personnel have voluntarily shelled out money taken from their subsistence allowance to help fellow soldiers who were greatly affected by the onslaught of typhoon 'Pablo'.
Every soldier of the 81,000-strong organization donates P90.00 to help the 363 Army personnel who fell victims to 'Pablo' last December. A total of P7,294,950.00 was collected out of the meal allowance for the month of January.
The beneficiaries of the financial assistance include the families of the seven soldiers who perished and four soldiers who have remained missing. The family of beneficiaries under this category will be given an assistance of P50,000.00 each.
Meanwhile, the 22 injured soldiers as well as the 111 others who have incurred at least P100,000.00 of damages in their residential homes, will receive P40,000.00 each.
Each of the 219 personnel whose homes incurred minor damages estimated to be less than one hundred thousand pesos, will receive an amount of P6,506.62 each.
Major Harold M. Cabunoc, Army spokesperson said “As an organization championing the spirit of Bayanihan, the Philippine Army is doing this as a gesture to sympathize and to show its support to its soldiers who have given a lot more for this country.”
Cabunoc also added that a symbolic handing over of these donations will be conducted soon at the Headquarters 10th Infantry Division in Compostela Valley where most of the affected troops are stationed.
Located in an upland village of Mawab in Tuburan town, the said camp suffered damages with an estimated cost of P11,382,150.00, excluding the damages to the personal properties of the soldiers residing in the typhoon-stricken areas.
Also last week, 21 soldiers who were injured while conducting rescue operations in Andap village, New Bataan town, were honored by the Army.
Lt General Emmanuel Bautista personally pinned the Bronze Cross Medal to 4 of the hero soldiers in a simple ceremony held at the AFP Medical Center. A similar awarding ceremony was also held in Camp Panacan Hospital where 17 other wounded soldiers were pinned the medal for heroism by 10th ID Chief MGen Ariel Bernardo.
After conducting search and retrieval operations for at least 4 weeks, the Army has shifted to rehabilitation operations in support to the local government and other agencies.
The Army has deployed the 525th Engineering Battalion and personnel of the 901st Brigade based in Albay who assisted a team of PDRRMC-Albay which brough water filtration equipment to serve the affected communities in both Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental.