Army Reservists launch humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts in Odette-affected communities

Army reservists from the 1502nd Community Defense Center launched humanitarian assistance and disaster-response operations in communities affected by Typhoon “Odette” in Agusan del Sur today, December 16, 2021.
“Staying true to our mandate, we are always ready to assist in relief and rescue efforts, especially during calamities,” said Lt. Col. Maria Teresa Baylon (Res), Commanding Officer of the 1502nd Ready Reserve Infantry Battalion (1502RRIBn) of the 1502nd Community Defense Center (1502CDC).
Typhoon “Odette,” affecting the Caraga and Eastern Visayas regions, is the strongest tropical cyclone to directly affect the country this year.
Commanding General of the Philippine Army (CGPA) Maj. In his recent assumption speech, Gen. Romeo S. Brawner, Jr. has said that the command is aiming to recruit quality reservists that will effectively complement the Army’s regular force.
The Philippine Reservists Act (Republic Act 7077) mandates reserve units to assist relief and rescue efforts during calamities and socio-economic development initiatives.