DynCorp International provided assistance to the local community in Mindanao, Philippines after Typhoon Pablo hit the island in December. The area suffered from flash floods and landslides that left thousands homeless and in need.
DI’s Philippines Operations Support (POS) team provides support services in the area and was eager to respond and help in any way they could. They established what they called “Operation Pablo,” which resulted in an outpouring of aid for those devastated by the storm. The team collected and delivered not only monetary donations but also truckloads of clothing, blankets and essentials including kilos of rice and powdered milk, thousands of cereal packets, and cases of sardines.
The DI POS team delivered the aid to a consolidating area at a local school, organized by the Social Awareness and Community Service Involvement (SACSI) office, and from there it was distributed to those in need in disaster areas.
DynCorp International program manager Bob Katz explains that Operation Pablo grew out of a simple suggestion to forego gift exchanges and a Christmas feast and to instead donate to the typhoon victims.
“That was the genesis of the project,” Katz explained. “Our team members recognized the overwhelming need – families with little to begin with, now had virtually nothing but the clothes on their backs – and because they cared, they had to act.”
Katz adds, “What impresses me most about Operation Pablo is how it came alive so naturally; a need existed and without hesitation the team took action – it’s the same philosophy this outstanding group of men and women applies every single day. For the POS staff, DI core value, “We Care,” is truly is a way of life.”