Navy unit in La Union to deploy WASAR teams in Cagayan

SAN FERNNADO CITY, Nov. 14 (PIA) – The Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NFNL) here will conduct humanitarian assistance to local government units in Cagayan province severely affected by flooding caused by Typhoon Ulysses by deploying Water Search-and-Rescue (WASAR) Teams.


Lt. Jaypee Abuan, NFNL spokesperson, said two WASAR teams are now ready for deployment to augment the current efforts of the government in the conduct of rescue operation to the flood-affected families and residents of the Cagayan province.


“The teams are now on standby and ready to move upon the availability of C-130 for their airlift going to Cagayan,” Abuan said.


He informed that his comrades will also be performing search and retrieval operations, saying that  “there are already reports of fatalities in some flooded areas of the province.”


The two WASAR teams, which are composed of 36 personnel, will be equipped with two rubber boats and other lifesaving equipment.


Abuan said their troops will initially be deployed in Cagayan for five days to provide proactive response.


He added that their teams will be added to the dispatched teams of the Armed Forces of the Philippines which will spread out in 12 provinces and 31 municipalities in Region 2.


Specifically, Abuan said there are already five teams of the Philippine Navy which have been dispatched in Cagayan.  


“Our country had faced a lot of challenges already, but our resilience and bayanihan have kept us strong and moving forward,” he said.  (JCR/JPD, PIA La Union)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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