As Typhoon Ompong made its landfall in Baggao, Cagayan on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 1:40AM, continuous rainfall and strong gusts of wind were being felt in the areas of Northern and Central Luzon.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Northern Luzon Command’s (NOLCOM) Disaster Response Task Groups (DRTGs) were simultaneously doing Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Operations (HADRO) throughout the areas of NOLCOM’s area of responsibility.
The Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NFNL) provided manpower assistance by hauling rice from San Juan La Union to San Fernando, La Union on Sept 13, 2018.
The Tactical Operations Wings Northern Luzon (TOWNOL) were prepositioned in Region 2 to support any sustainment operations on HADR that needed utilization of their aerial conveyance.
The 48th Infantry Battalion (48IB) distributed relief goods in Nueva Ecija, 503rd Infantry Brigade (DRTG CAR) and 501st Brigade in Kalinga while the 48th Infantry Battalion closely monitoried the barangays along the river of Peñaranda, Nueva Ecija.
All Joint Task Force units were directed to collocate all Tactical Operations Centers (TOC) with the various Offices of the Civil Defense (OCD) for faster coordination and response during the typhoon. The Disaster Response team were on high alert for any possible rescue operations needed in their areas.
The Civil Relations Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alerted the Northern and Central Luzon, the Regional Emergency Assistance Communication Team (REACT) Philippines regarding the conduct of NOLCOM’s HADRO and their role in the communications aspect in achieving the overall success of each operation.
As typhoon Ompong exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), NOLCOM said it is currently doing its best efforts in maintaining control and contact with all its Disaster Response Task Units to achieve coordinated action in response to mitigate the onslaught of typhoon Ompong.