The Philippine Navy is sending logistics support vessel BRP Bacolod City (LS550) to Zhangzou Port in Xiamen, China to pickup 23,385 boxes of personal protective equipment (PPE) stored in 17 containers.
BRP Bacolod City will depart on Sunday, April 19.
The Navy said the said ship with Fleet-Marine contingent will be complemented with medical and security teams.
“This deployment is in response to the call of Presidential Peace Adviser and National Task Force on 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,” the Navy said.
Navy chief Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said that “in this time of crisis, this mission is very crucial as number of COVID-19 cases increases. We ensure that we will able to transport these personal protective equipment which were procured by the government in China to our country.”
The Navy also noted that this undertaking highlights its crucial capability 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.