ORMOC, Leyte - Many members of the United States Navy now unloading shiploads of humanitarian aid are actually Filipinos.
Senior chief aviation machinist mate Redd Trinidad hails from Las Pinas and is now in charge of communicating with the choppers that have been dropping off humanitarian aid.
"Nakakalungkot kasi sa Pilipinas nangyari ito. Pero masaya kami na nabigyan kami ng chance na tumulong... Don't worry guys, we're here to help. We're ready to help," he said.
Meanwhile, chief logistics specialist Rex Cabagnot makes sure that all the supplies the people need are brought out of the ship and onto shore.
"US Navy man ang sineserbisyohan, pusong Pinoy pa rin," Cabagnot said.
Seventy-five percent of the crew in the USNS Charles Drew are Filipino, including these two people in charge of making ice that can turn into drinking water once melted.
Even members of the Philippine Army are happy to be working side by side with countrymen, even if the patches of their uniform are no longer the same.
"Nakaka-excite din kasi tulong-tulong kaming lahat para din sa kapwa Pinoy," First Lt Gabriel Aranez of the Philippine Army said.