Thirty Sailors assigned to United States Navy Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) helped in packing of 3,000 Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) relief boxes on June 28 for the victims of the January eruption at Mount Mayon.
USS Ronald Reagan arrived in Manila on June 26 for a regularly scheduled port visit together with two other cruisers.
“With the right amount of communication and teamwork, we were able to pack about 979 boxes per hour, and hopefully we were able to show the people of the Philippines that we have their backs,” Legalman 1st Class Keia Greenwood said.
According to US Navy, the packing activity was part of eight community volunteer efforts coordinated by Ronald Reagan’s command religious ministries department. “More than 200 Sailors volunteered during the ship’s scheduled five-day port visit,” it added.
“We rely solely on volunteers, so it is very important that we get this kind of support in order for us to be able to ship goods to victims in different areas affected by disasters,” Philippine National Response and Logistics Management Service (NRLMS) head of volunteer management Byrone Barrionuevo said.