Navy sealift vessel helps in quake relief efforts

In line with ongoing government efforts to help quake-battered communities in Mindanao, the Philippine Navy (PN) on Tuesday deployed one of its strategic sealift vessels, the BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), to help in the ongoing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions (HADR) in Mindanao.

Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas, PN public affairs office chief, said the ship and her crew left Pier 15, Manila South Harbor, to conduct sealift and HADR missions in connection with the series of earthquakes in Mindanao.

“She (BRP Davao Del Sur) is now en route to Davao City via Cebu,” she said in a message to the Philippine News Agency Wednesday morning.

While she does not have specific details on what relief items the BRP Davao Del Sur is carrying, Roxas said the ship is known to be transporting mobile water treatment trucks and kitchens.

“I don’t have specific details but LD-602 (is carrying) mobile water treatment trucks from Maynila and Manila Water. (Also the ship is also transporting) mobile kitchen trucks and some military transportations,” the PN public affairs office chief added.

Also, the BRP Ang Pangulo (ACS-25) is also scheduled to transport relief goods to Mindanao by next week.

“ACS-25 will be leaving next week. (The ship is tasked) to accommodate all relief goods intended for Davao,” Roxas added.

Earlier, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana directed all government agencies to support the ongoing relief operations being spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Office of Civil Defense.

He also appealed to all partner agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to closely coordinate with each other to ensure the expeditious delivery of relief services supporting various evacuations in the quake-affected regions.

Aside from relief efforts, the DND chief also urged these agencies to focus on steps that will help facilitate the early recovery of the affected communities. PNA.GOV.PH