AFP to help DA in curbing bird flu outbreak

MANILA --The Armed Forces of the Philippines will help in the government's campaign to cull chickens in Pampanga infected with bird flu.

This comes after the Department of Agriculture (DA) requested the assistance of 400 soldiers to help in the ongoing campaign to curb the outbreak of the disease.

AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said Wednesday that an initial 100 soldiers will be deployed in the affected areas Thursday after being briefed by the DA on their role.

Arevalo said "warning orders" were already forwarded to the Tarlac-based Northern Luzon Command so that the necessary troops can be provided to the DA.

AFP and DA officials have already met to discuss on how military personnel can be utilized in this threat.

Source: Philippine News Agency