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LEGAZPI CITY: From usual junk and garbage bin, the Tactical Operations Group (TOG) 5-Philippine Air Force (PAF) in Bicol converted the empty drums of aviation fuel as valuable, reusable and remarkable equipment for disaster response measures using indigenous materials here.

The ingenuity of the men and women of the TOG Bicol led by Air Force Col. Guillermo Molina is truly fit with President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Gov. Joey Salceda of Albay’s program pertaining to disaster preparedness and adaptation measures employing inventiveness and resourcefulness.

Col. Guillermo Molina, commander of TOG 5-PAF told The Manila Times that they converted the empty drums in preparation for the onset of natural calamities—as Bicol region suffer the brunt of disaster within the months of September to December like the occurrence of super Typhoons Milenyo and Reming.

At a lesser cost, Molina converted the steel drums into portable toilets, urinals, MT boats, steel lockers, barbeque grills, chicken cages and for bahay gulayan project.

These low-cost equipment for disasters had been showcased and presented to Maj. Gen. Artemio Orozco, commander of First Air Division and disaster managers in Bicol by Molina during the Soft Opening of TOG 5 Taxiway Ramp and Balay na Azul on Wednesday here.

Orozco lauded the remarkable projects of TOG 5 under Monila on disaster preparation and response measures because the government will be saving money out of the ingenuity of Air Force men here led by Molina.

Salceda also commended the initiative and creativity of TOG 5-PAF in Bicol for best disaster response preparedness here. RHAYDZ B. BARCIA

August 19, 2010

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