(Photo courtesy of Philippine Army)

MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday said its humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations continue in communities severely hit by Super Typhoon Karding.

"Earlier today, Sept. 27, relief operations were conducted by the 202nd Infantry Brigade to affected families in an evacuation center in Real, Quezon. 1st Infantry Battalion together with the Philippine Coast Guard and other volunteers loaded more than 1,000 boxes of relief goods from DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) and 900 bottles (of drinking water) and 100 boxes of sardines from GMA Kapuso Foundation at the Polillo Port in Polillo, Quezon for distribution to affected residents," said AFP public affairs office chief, Col. Jorry Baclor, in a statement Tuesday.

Aside from this, air assets of the Philippine Army's Aviation Regiment and the Philippine Air Force (PAF) were deployed for rapid damage assessment and needs analysis (RDANA) on Sept. 26 in Northern and Southern Luzon, specifically in the provinces of Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, and Quezon.

"The RDANA will help the government provide better interventions and assistance to the affected populace," Baclor said.

PAF personnel of Tactical Operations Wing Southern Luzon also helped in repacking relief goods at the operations center of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) in Quezon.

A total of 16,000 food packs were readied last night for transport. Meanwhile, troops from the 91st Infantry Battalion in San Luis, Aurora, the 70th Infantry Battalion in Bulacan, and the 31st Mechanized Company in Tarlac also helped clear debris along the roads in their respective areas of operation.

"The AFP continues to coordinate with the Office of Civil Defense and other national and local government agencies to ensure the prompt and efficient deployment of military assets in the government's humanitarian and disaster response efforts," Baclor said. (PNA)