THE 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division of the Philippine Army has utilized its air assets to extend its reach to far-flung communities of the different provinces of Caraga in its efforts to support the Department of Health (DOH) on its awareness campaign about the threats posed by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
As the government geared up its effort and strategies in addressing various issues and concerns brought about by health crisis, the 4ID, through its infantry brigades operating in Caraga, facilitated the leaflet airdrop Wednesday, April 29, to remote areas and keeping the communities well informed of the current health situation and how to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
This was made possible through close coordination with the Tactical Operations Group 10 of the Philippine Air Force, which provided one UH-1H and two MD-520MG helicopters for the airdrop of 15,000 leaflets containing Covid-19 health protocols and guidelines issued by the DOH in the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Surigao del Norte.
It can be recalled that 4ID recently conducted massive information dissemination and community awareness campaign against the Covid-19 pandemic which included social media postings, leaflet distributions, and “rekorida” or loudspeaker operations in both urban and rural areas.
As of today, there were a total of 642 loudspeaker operations and a total of 45,000 leaflets distributed/airdropped by the different line units of 4ID within its area of responsibility.
Major General Franco Nemesio Gacal, commander of 4ID, stressed in his statement that the diamond troopers will continue to intensify their information dissemination efforts down to grassroots in any way possible.
“Every Filipino must be informed about our common enemy in this health crisis, the COVID-19. Everyone must be onboard in our battle against this deadly virus,” Gacal bared.
“As part of our mandate of protecting the people, we just want to make sure that every Filipino is equipped with the right information on how to protect themselves from the deadly, invisible and invincible enemy that the world is facing today,” Gacal ended.
Similar initiatives of information dissemination will be conducted in the provinces of Northern Mindanao region upon the availability of air assets/platforms. (PR)