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IN PHOTOS: Philippine disaster response team prepares to leave for Turkey


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IN PHOTOS: Philippine disaster response team prepares to leave for Turkey

PHILIPPINE TEAM. The Philippine Inter-agency response teams comprised of military personnel, engineers, and health workers, conduct a readiness check at Camp Aguinaldo on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, before departing for Turkey to to assist in earthquake recovery efforts.

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The Philippines will send an inter-agency team to Turkey to assist in relief and rescue operations following a massive earthquake that struck the country

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines will send an inter-agency disaster response team to Turkey following a massive 7.8 earthquake that struck the country.

Neighboring Syria was also badly damaged in the earthquake that struck on Monday, February 6, with both countries recording over 5,100 casualties combined so far, according to a Reuters report.

The inter-agency team held a readiness check at Camp Aguinaldo prior to their departure on Tuesday, February 7.

IN PHOTOS: Philippine disaster response team prepares to leave for Turkey

The Department of Health sent 31 medical personnel, while the Armed Forces of the Philippines sent 30 soldiers

A quick reaction team will transport 16 tons of medical supplies.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority also sent a 12-man team with the contingent.

“The ambassador of Turkey requested the team’s deployment along with rescuers from other concerned government agencies. The contingent will be transported by Turkish Airlines at no cost,” acting MMDA chairperson Don Artes said in a press statement.

The acting MMDA chief said they were closely coordinating with the Office of Civil Defense for transportation and logistics requirements.

“They will bring their experiences to Turkey to contribute support to its disaster response efforts and to express solidarity with the international community. We, the MMDA family, wish our team a safe journey. The country is proud of all of you for this heroic deed,” Artes said.

He said the MMDA was composed of “well-trained” disaster responders who were previously deployed to help in rescue operations in Bohol in 2013, Nepal in 2015, and Nepal in 2019, after those areas were hit by earthquakes

See more photos from the send-off here:

CHIEFS. Defense Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. and Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Andres Centino speak to disaster response teams. Jire Carreon/Rappler
LEADERS. Leaders of various departments who will send a contingent of responders to Turkey conduct a ‘readiness check’ prior to their departure. Jire Carreon/Rappler
BLESSING. Philippine disaster response teams receive a blessing from a Catholic priest before leaving to help in the earthquake relief efforts in Turkey. Jire Carreon/Rappler
PREPARATIONS. Philippine disaster response teams check their equipment during a pre-departure readiness check. Jire Carreon/Rappler
EQUIPMENT CHECK. Military personnel check equipment they will bring to their disaster response mission in Turkey. Jire Carreon/Rappler
INTERAGENCY TEAMS. Personnel from the Department of Health, Metro Manila Development Authority, Office of Civil Defense, the Philippine Army and Air Force, are among the local agencies deployed to assist in Turkey’s earthquake relief and rescue operations. Jire Carreon/Rappler

– Ryan Macasero/Rappler.com

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