By Aaron Recuenco
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will be deploying at least 400 soldiers to help contain the spread avian influenza or bird flu in Pampanga.
Col. Edgard Arevalo, chief military information officer, said they may start deploying troops tomorrow in various areas of Pampanga based on the instruction that would be given by the Department of Agriculture (DA).
He revealed that it was the Agriculture department which requested the deployment of around 4oo soldiers.
“This is yet to be executed in the sense that we have to gather this particular number of personnel, provide them with the necessary briefing so that they will know what role they would undertake when they are deployed to Pampanga to help,” said Arevalo.
Arevalo said the soldiers will be tapped from the Northern Luzon Command based on the orders given by the top military leadership.