Friday, December 23, 2011

Army forms Task Group Diamond Response

FOLLOWING the devastation brought about by Tropical Storm Sendong, the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division (4ID) organized on Wednesday the Task Group Diamond Response.
Major General Victor A. Felix, 4ID commander and head of the Division Command Group, ordered the creation of the Task Group sensing the necessity of a dedicated and organized operations group that will address the current situation in Cagayan de Oro after the flash flood.
Task Group Diamond Response is the conglomeration of all officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees of the Division organized into different sub-groups to attend to the different concerns of the people in the city.
The seven sub-groups of Task Group Diamond Response include the 4ID Liaison Group, Monitoring Group, Relief Goods Management Group, Retrieval and Clearing Operations Group, Manpower Group, Mobility and Logistics Group and the Medical and Dental Group.
The sub-groups are assigned with unique and specific tasking to address the primary concerns of the city, which is now under a state of calamity.
Task Force Diamond Response is operational 24/7 and shall attend to any concern or emergency any time of the day.
Residents may contact the task force through its designated hotline: 0915-2706103.
“The creation of this task group is to make all the division’s effort more organized and systematic so as to better address and serve those who were affected by Typhoon Sendong. With this task group, we hope that we would be able to cover more areas and provide more solutions to the problems being faced by the city. The people can put their trust and confidence in the sincerity and commitment of all 4ID soldiers to help those in need,” Felix said.
Major Eugenio Julio C. Osias IV, commanding officer of the 4th Civil-Military Operations Battalion, said the task group serves as the people’s link to the government, local and national, and vice versa.
“Through this, a feasible and more responsive rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations are achieved,” Osias said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 23, 2011.

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