The Philippine Navy’s (PN) logistic support vessel, BRP Bacolod City (LS550) has left Zhangzhou Harbor, Port of Xiamen in People’s Republic of China for the Philippines on Thursday, 30 April.
Upon the completion of the hauling of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the vessel departed and was escorted by the PLA Navy ship with bow number 588 from their berthing area back to the open seas for its return sail to the country.
BRP Bacolod City left China with no members exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 as a result of its stringent measures on the safety and health of its personnel onboard.
The vessel brings home around 700,000 KN95 face masks and 200,000 sets of PPEs, comprised of goggles, coverall suit, head cover, gloves, shoe cover, surgical mask, and surgical gown in tow. It is expected to arrive in the country tentatively May 08.
It can be recalled that Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the National Task Force on coronavirus disease (NTF COVID-19), tapped the services of the PN to deliver to the country the remaining sets of the PPEs that the government bought from China last month.
With the guidance from the commander-in-chief, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, BRP Bacolod City will unload the first batch of the PPEs in Davao City, then set sail for Cebu City for the second batch, and finally, depart for Manila for the last stretch of the delivery of PPE cargoes.
The Philippine Navy continuously support the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act by providing logistical support and assistance to ensure that essential medical supplies and other equipment needed by the national government are successfully transported. This undertaking highlights its crucial capability in the country’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic. NAVY.MIL.PH