Members of the public have raised concerns in the social media that they (the public) have heard little on what the Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF) has done to help in regards to the disaster compared to the huge presence received from the foreign forces.
Vanuatu’s own force members responded they have done a lot before and after the cyclone. Prior to the disaster, the Vanuatu Mobile Force assisted the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) to evacuate vulnerable communities into evacuation centers.
Just after the cyclone left Efate’s territory, members of the VMF were seen on streets in Port Vila clearing fallen trees to enable easy access for both vehicles and pedestrians to the main road. Force members also helped cleared fallen trees at various government premises.
Members of the Vanuatu Mobile Force were deployed to assist food distribution on the islands. Ten have been initially deployed to Tanna being the most affected area, 12 to the Shepherds, another ten to the Shepherds outer islands, one to the Northern Province, three to Erromango and other two to Futuna.
VMF Personnel have been involved in many relief unloading which are ongoing. On the islands, the officers have made sure the aid is distributed fairly and there are no arguments.
The Vanuatu Mobile Force assured Vanuatu it will continue to work with the Non-Government Organizations, business houses, foreign forces, aid donors and communities to rebuild Vanuatu.