BRP Davao Del Sur, second ship of the Tarlac class landing platform dock under Naval Task Force (NTF) 80, arrived yesterday, June 23, 2020 at San Pedro Wharf, Iloilo City carrying 402 locally stranded individuals (LSIs), three (3) repatriates from India and Sri Lanka and 32,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPEs) and medical supplies for the frontliners.
Onboard said vessel was Hon. Julienne “Jam” L. Baronda District Representative of the Lone District of Iloilo City, who personally supervised and coordinated with Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the quick and effective assistance in medical procedures, accommodation of LSIs aboardship and transporting them back to their respective families.
BRP Davao Del Sur departed last June 22, 2020 from Pier 13, Manila South Harbor. The Naval Forces Central through Commander, Naval Reserve Center – Western Visayas, CAPT STEPHEN A TUBALLA PN(GSC) represented the command in welcoming the arrival of BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) skippered by CAPT HOMER D GONZALEZ PN(GSC). LSIs were safely assisted during the disembarkation procedures and LGUs ensured to transport said LSIs to their respective provinces. Meanwhile, the 32,000 sets of PPEs and medical supplies were received by Office Civil Defense (OCD) 6 for proper disposition and distribution. In addition, BRP Davao del Sur will proceed to Cebu to deliver 16,000 sets of PPEs to be received by OCD7.
Navy Reservists from Naval Reserve Center – Western Visayas (NRC-WV) also played an important role in providing line-handlers for the arrival of the said vessel to Iloilo Wharf and hauling party for unloading of assorted PPEs and medical supplies bound for Iloilo Province.
Philippine Navy will continue to devote all PN personnel and assets in support to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) “Bayanihan to heal as one Act”, as we continue to render selfless service to our fellow Filipinos.
Rest assured the whole nation can count on the Philippine Navy to sail thru these turbulent times in partnership with the National and Local Government. Naval Forces Central