Headquarters Naval Forces Central (DWDD) – Naval Forces Central (NFC) dispatched its Disaster Response and Rescue Team (DRRT) in the morning of September 20, 2018 due to a massive landslide that happened in Naga City, Cebu. At around 8:45 am, the Operations Center of NFC received the initial information regarding a massive landslide in Sindulan and Tagaytay, both of Naga City, an adjacent community of ApoCement CEMEX.
A few minutes after the report was received, NFC immediately convened its battle staff for Rapid Response Planning.
After an hour, the first DRRT comprising of fourteen (14) personnel was dispatched with basic SAR equipment.
At around 11:28 am, the first NFC DRRT of NFC arrived at vicinity Gate 1 of APO Cement and coordinated with local DRRMO for check-in of personnel and equipment.
Likewise, NFC’s Follow on Force (FOF) composed of the second DRRT and PN reservists was placed on standby and ready for dispatch upon signal. Additionally, a communications team was also dispatched to support the operation. Series of coordination were conducted with the AFP Central Command and other local government agencies to speed up the process of the retrieval operation.
All Search and Rescue teams were briefed by the City’s MDRRMC. Before noon time, there were already four (4) dead and four (4) injured that were recovered from the site. As of 4:30PM of the same day, there were eight (8) injured and ten (10) dead that were recovered from the site. It was also estimated that there were more than sixty (60) people missing and more than twenty (20) households were affected.
Naval Forces Central is currently monitoring the progress of the retrieval operation.
Also, patrol crafts BRP Salvador Abcede (PC 114) and BRP Alfredo Peckson(PC 372) were placed on standby for possible deployment.
The Central Command thru the Naval Forces Central is always ready to render necessary assistance and services to its area and neighboring communities.
Your Armed Forces in the Visayas is always on alert to respond to ensure the safety and security of the people in the Visayas and its nearby communities. The military is always in action to support operations within our designated areas of operations. We will not hesitate to aid the people to ensure that they will be reunited with their love ones. NFC / MCAG