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Philippine Air Force (PAF) units have assisted communities in Central, Southern Luzon, and the National Capital Region (NCR)  hard hit by Typhoon Ulysses.

Air Force spokesperson Lt. Col. Aristides Galang said the PAF formed its "Tulong Bayanihan 2" to provide aid to these affected communities.

"Through the 'Tulong Bayanihan 2' advocacy the PAF seized the Golden Hour to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) to affected communities all over Central and Southern Luzon and NCR," he added.

Galang said the 207th Tactical Helicopter Squadron deployed its Bell-412 aircraft and conducted "Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis" (RDANA) over Marikina City and Rodriguez and Taytay in Rizal to assess the extent of the typhoon's damage.

Onboard the aircraft was Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and PAF chief Lt. Gen. Allen Paredes and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Ricardo Jalad.

Meanwhile, the Air Force conducted simultaneous air operations to survey the areas affected and support HADR operations.

Galang said one UH-1H and one Huey II helicopter conducted an aerial survey over Calaguas Island and Daet in Camarines Norte as well as in neighboring areas of Camarines Sur.

While a Bell-205 helicopter covered the areas in Legazpi City, Albay. Two UH-1H from the 207th Tactical Helicopter Squadron conducted search-and-rescue over areas of Rodriguez, Rizal.

Meanwhile, the 505th Search-and-Rescue Group also deployed four water search-and-rescue teams in Barangay San Jose, Rodriguez, Rizal to rescue trapped residents.

Galang said A total of 275 civilians were rescued which included infants, children, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens.

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