Spreading Love The Airlifter's Way
14 February 2017
February 14, is Valentine's Day. For some, it means going out as a couple for a romantic dinner or stroll around in red-colored draped attractions and places with the blushing and giggling vibes creeping through the veins of lovers. But really, there are a lot of variations with a twist hinged on the theme of love. Of course, in every love story, there is the "kilig" factor that we always look forward.
However, there is a different kind of love we, the airlifters family, has begun to spread out even before this day of hearts, the day after the quake - by helping others. Last Friday, a powerful earthquake hit Surigao City that resulted to damaged infrastructures. According to the news, 8 were reported killed, 209 injured, and 138 recorded aftershocks that are endangering weakened structures in the area. These aftershocks, according to PhilVolcs, will continue and may last for days and even weeks. This only means that residents will have to stay in safer grounds until it becomes completely safe to go back to their places. With this, more relief supplies are required to sustain their needs.
Initially, the government through the Philippine Air Force, particularly the 220th Airlift Wing, sent emergency relief such as water and food utilizing the C-130 aircraft. Almost 130,000 lbs of assorted relief goods, infrastructure materials, and one unit of portable kitchen from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority were already ferried to Butuan. The relief operations will last until the quake-affected communities become stable.
For us in the Airlifter's family led by the Wing Commander, BGen Nicolas C Parilla AFP, Valentine’s day is not just about husband and wife and girlfriends and boyfriends but also a telltale of our love and empathy to be of service to our distressed kababayans. In fact, our committed service can be our aphrodisiac, so to speak.
-Credits to 220th Airlift Wing