Loading of goods for PN relief mission ongoing

December 9, 2012 2:13 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 9 – Loading operations for the Philippine Navy's relief mission for the typhoon-battered Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley started Saturday night.

Col. Omar Tonsay, PN spokesperson, said around 160 tons of emergency supplies have been delivered at Sangley Point Naval Base in Cavite and that loading operations are ongoing aboard the BRP Laguna (LT-501).

"Loading operations will continue until Monday," he added.

Tonsay also said that once the relief cargoes have been safely stowed, the BRP Laguna will "speed up ongoing relief operations and avoid unnecessary delays, and deliver (the) relief goods to the stricken areas, safely, quickly, and efficiently."

He added that these directions came directly from PN flag-officer-in-charge Vice Admiral Alexander Pama.

The PN spokesperson also stated that the relief goods came from the Department of Social Welfare and Development's National Resource Operation Center in Paranaque City.

The goods consist of plastic sheeting and mats, blankets, jackets and family food packs.

Tonsay said the BRP Laguna has the capacity to carry 300 tons of cargo and that the 160 tons being loaded right now are well within its carrying capacity. (PNA)

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