Japanese forces still conducting relief ops in Eastern Visayas

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Friday, December 13, 2013

TACLOBAN CITY -- The Japanese Self-Defense Force, one of the international groups that responded to help victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines, is still conducting relief operation dubbed “Operation Sangkay” in different areas in central Visayas.

Takashi Inoue, deputy director for Public Affairs of the Joint Task Force, said their operation started November 15 with a medical assistance to approximately 2,300 persons in Tacloban City and Tanauan, Leyte.

Fumigation in downtown Tacloban by Japanese Self-Defense Force after Typhoon Yolanda
Fumigation in downtown Tacloban. (Rowell C. Montes/Sunnex)

Operation Sangkay also provided vaccination to 11,300 persons in various places of Tacloban, Tanauan and MacArthur, as well as fumigation in about 62,000 square meters in this city.

The Japanese Joint Task Force–Philippine Disaster Relief operation is headed by Rear Admiral Hinasori Sato, with more than 1,000 troops that are presently engaged in maritime component, airlift unit, and medical services.

“We offer deep sympathy for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda and we wish for the prompt recovery,” Inoue said in a statement.

The Japanese forces, on Wednesday (December 11), also invited the local media for a tour to its newest combat ship stationed at the Leyte Gulf.

In a press briefing, Inoue said that the ship, JS ISE, has the most advanced and sophisticated combat system for anti-air, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, as well as superior helicopter operating capability.

Japanese Self-Defense Force airlifting operation in Eastern Visayas
Japanese Self-Defense Force’s airlifting operation (Rowell C. Montes/Sunnex)

The group also showed to media its ongoing airlift operation of relief goods to the town of Guiuan in Eastern Samar from the Tacloban airport using helicopters. (Rowell C. Montes/Sunnex)

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