Philippine Navy (PN) logistics support vessel, BRP Bacolod City (LS550) departed Captain Salvo Pier here earlier today, April 21 in a simple send-off ceremony amid the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
LS550, under the skipper ship of Commander Rogelio Lachica, is China bound to pick up 23,385 boxes of personal protective equipment (PPEs) stacked in containers at Zhangzou Port in Xiamen in heeding the call of Presidential Peace Adviser and National Task Force against COVID-19 chief implementer, Carlito Galvez Jr., to make use of the services of the PN to fetch and deliver to the country the remaining sets of PPEs that the Department of Budget and Management procured in China last month.
33 container vans courtesy of the Pacific Roadlink Logistics, Inc. (PRLI) Office in Angat, Bulacan are onboard as store room of the said PPEs.
Fleet commander, Rear Adm. Loumer Bernabe, along with the commander of the Fleet-Marine Ready Force, Commo. Toribio Adaci and other Fleet Forces and Group commanders witnessed the simplified deployment of the contingent of sailors and marines with complementary medical and security teams.
Rear Admiral Bernabe addressed the departing troops whom he regarded as heroes in the campaign against COVID-19 and emphasized the importance of this mission in alleviating the current ordeals of medical frontliners tackling the corona virus. He went on wishing for their safe voyage and reminding them to “always bear in mind that youre doing this for our country and our people in the Glory of God”
This undertaking highlights the crucial capability of the PN to provide much needed logistical support and another manifestation of its full support to the government by devoting personnel, assets and resources to the resolve of defeating this pandemic. NAVY.MIL.PH