MANILA - The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Israel Ambassador Menashe Bar On reported that they have treated 2,000 patients and saved many lives but in the end, they are the ones who want to thank the Filipino people.
Two weeks ago, the government of Israel sent a 148-strong contingent complete with an elite rescue team.
They set up a field hospital in Bogo City, Cebu and treated a never-ending stream of patients.
They chose Bogo City even if it's not in the news.
"You can see the damage over there is quite similar to the damage in Tacloban. We decided to go to the places not on TV. We decided to go to the people and to help people, this is our main goal," said Col. Shai Bruvender, Israeli military attache to the Philippines.
Ambassador Bar On said the Israeli contingent will stay for the next 6 weeks until Christmas.
"After that, professionals will come to continue programs for the long term. We have program for short term, midterm and long term," he said.
Bar On added they will leave their equipment so that others can take over.
They also donated $500 million worth of medicine to the governor of Cebu to be distributed to public hospitals.
Meanwhile, IDF Surgeon General Yitzhak Kreiss praised the Filipinos.
"We are privileged to be here. I have to say something more. We've seen people in disasters unfortunately during the last decade. I have to say that the Philippine people behave gently, delicately, out of respect to each other and out of respect to the ones who come to help. This is something to be appreciated. Us Israelis can appreciate that. I wish the Philippines to overcome this disaster n move forward to a better future."