VIRAC, Catanduanes — The Philippine Navy has dispatched BRP Tarlac (LD-601), carrying 240 tons of relief items and construction materials, to this province which was severely battered by the recrnt Super Typhoon Rolly abd Typhoon Ulysses.
Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas, Philippine Navy public affairs office chief, said the construction materials and relief items came from various government agencies, non-government organizations, and private individuals.
The BRP Tarlac is one of the two largest Navy ships. It is considered as a “critical asset” for civil-military operations, humanitarian mission and disaster relief assistance on account of its capability to transport a large number of personnel, logistics, and supplies.
“This deployment demonstrates how its modern assets bolster the Navy’s readiness and commitment to provide prompt assistance to our disaster-stricken fellow Filipinos to alleviate their ordeals,” Roxas said.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Philippine Fleet commander Rear Admiral Loumer Bernabe sent off the BRP Tarlac in appropriate rites Tuesday at Pier 15, Manila South Harbor. Bernabe represented Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, in the event.
Lorenzana lauded the military officers and personnel who have been at the forefront of saving lives in areas devastated by Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses. He assured the DND supports the military’s modernization program so that it can better respond to humanitarian missions.
“We shall vigorously provide our Navy with assets for a better, more efficient, and prompt humanitarian assistance to our fellow Filipinos in dire times,” he said.
The ship also carries heavy equipment, trucks and trailers for clearing and rehabilitation operations. Catanduanes was among the provinces that suffered the brunt of Super Typhoon Rolly earlier this month and Typhoon Ulysses last week.