By Arwen Pascua
MANILA – Heavy Philippine Navy (PN) landing craft BRP Ivatan (LC298) departed off Sangley Point in Cavite City on Saturday, 21 November 2020 to ferry National Identification System (PhilSys) registration kits to the Visayas region.
Skippered by Cdr. Paul Anthony Yamamoto, BRP Ivatan carried a total of 35.481 tons of cargoes that include 1,897 PhilSys registration kits to be distributed in eight provinces namely: Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo, Antique, Capiz, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, and Leyte.
This is in line with the logistics support extended by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) using its sea, air, and land assets to enable the distribution of PhilSys registration kits to 32 PSA provincial offices all over the country.
Aside from the Navy, the Philippine Army also covers the distribution in Luzon, and Mindanao for the Philippine Air Force.
This mission underscores the capability of the PN, among other AFP branches of service, to provide much needed logistical support especially in this time of pandemic when inter-island and provincial transportations are limited.
It further demonstrates the PN’s readiness to collaborate with other government agencies toward bringing to the people the services they need. (AI/MTVN)