A C-130 plane of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (SAF) landed on Monday, August 7, at the Laguindingan airport, Misamis Oriental, carrying relief packages for internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Marawi City.

The relief packages, consisting of 30 five-man tents, 3,120 packets of field rations, 200 blankets, three sets of medical supply, 1,080 bottled water, 64 pieces of dynamo lights, and three water filtration units, were handed over to local authorities by the Armed Forces of Singapore together with the Singaporean Red Cross.

The packages were turned over to officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Northern Mindanao in Iligan City. From there, the DSWD-Northern Mindanao will be assigned to distribute the packs to the various evacuation sites in Iligan city.

“The SAF has also offered to the AFP urban training facilities and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance in terms of providing intelligence support by providing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to support the AFP in their intelligence collection,” said Colonel Lee Kuan Chung, the director of Changi Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Coordination Centre.

Lim Chong Tee, a Singaporean Red Cross youth volunteer, said the three water filtration units that were donated by the Singapore Red Cross will be very useful considering the current status of the IDPs in the evacuation sites.

"Indeed these water filtration units can help the evacuees in the getting of clean water for clean drinking. In an hour, it can purify one thousand liters of water for a community," Tee said.