VIRAC, Catanduanes — The Philippine Navy’s BRP Batak is expected to sail back here to bring more relief assistance from Cebu, according to the Naval Forces Central (Navforcen) in the Visayas.
Commander Dexter Caga-anan said the Landing Craft 299 just returned to the Rafael Ramos Naval Base in Looc, Lapu-Lapu City last Wednesday from its relief operation in Catanduanes, during which Councilor David Tumulak, on behalf of the Cebu City government, handed over to Catanduanes Gov. Joseph Cua P5 million in financial assistance, as well as relief goods donated by Cebuanos.
Catandunganons highly appreciate that the Cebu City Quick Response Team also conducted clearing and cleaning operations on main roads in Catanduanes and helped restore electrical lines felled by typhoons Rolly and Ulysses.
In a statement, ” Navt Lt. Jr. Grade Frances Maye Macapinig said the “BRP Batak will undertake another transport mission to Catanduanes to deliver donations from ShelterBox Operations Philippines, Inc., such as emergency shelter kits and other household items.”
Macapinig, Navforcen’s public affairs officer, said the BRP Batak is now loading clothing, one sack of utensils, and 1,000 food packs donated by the Cebu Rotary Club.
She said the vessel would also carry used clothing, mineral water, canned goods, and instant noodles collected from reservists of the 513th Naval Squadron Reserve in the southern towns of Cebu.
Macapinig added that the donated items were collected by reservists in Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Santander, Ginatilan, Malabuyoc, Alegria, Moalboal, and Ronda municipalities through the Naval Reserve Center – Eastern Visayas to support the affected families of the two typhoons in the Bicol region,.
She said the relief goods were “consolidated by the Naval Forces Central, in partnership with different government, non-government units, and other cause-oriented groups in the Visayas region.”
The Naval office in Lapu-Lapu has not yet announced the exact date of BRP Batak’s second voyage to Catanduanes but it is understood the schedule will depend on weather condition.