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MANILA – The Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Thursday said two of its two S-70i "Black Hawk" combat utility helicopters were deployed to conduct a rapid assessment and needs analysis (RDANA) over areas in Southern Luzon that were battered by Severe Tropical Storm Paeng.

The RDANA in the area was conducted on Nov. 1, PAF spokesperson Col. Ma. Consuelo Castillo said in a statement.

"Tactical Operations Group 4, Tactical Operations Wing Southern Luzon facilitated the conduct of the said flight mission with acting commander, Southern Luzon Command, Brig. Gen. Armand M. Arevalo, and Joint Task Force Katagalugan commander, Maj. Gen. Roberto S. Capulong among those onboard to inspect damages in their areas of responsibility, to include the collapsed Bantilan Bridge connecting San Juan, Batangas, and Sariaya, Quezon," she added.

Castillo also said a team from the Tactical Operations Group 5, Tactical Operations Wing Southern Luzon and the Office of Civil Defense 5, conducted RDANA over the affected provinces of Catanduanes and Camarines Sur in the Bicol Region.

"The PAF with all its available personnel and air assets remains committed to its joint efforts with area commands and local government units in providing help during times of calamities," she added. (PNA)