The Philippine Navy is now preparing its landing platform dock BRP Tarlac (LD-601) to take part in the ongoing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations after earthquakes hit Batanes on July 27.
This was revealed by Navy spokesperson Captain Jonathan Zata.
“BRP Tarlac is currently taking on additional relief goods, equipment, and personnel. Itbayat LGU would also need assistance in the restoration efforts later on,” Captain Zata said as quoted by PNA.
He said that follow-on units such as relief-and-rescue and medical teams as well as command-and-control units, headed by NFNL deputy commander, Captain Karl Decapia, who is also Naval Task Force 11 head, already arrived in Itbayat on Sunday.
“Units under Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NFNL) stationed in Itbayat collaborated with the local DRRMC (Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) in the conduct of relief and rescue operations immediately after the earthquake struck,” Captain Zata noted.