By Glen S. Ramos/Benjamin F. Cuaresma
CAGAYAN — The Philippine Navy vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) carrying a total of 138 tons of accumulated relief goods from Manila and La Union finally arrived in Port Irene, Sta. Ana, Cagayan.
The assorted relief goods will be distributed to the two flood-stricken provinces — Cagayan and Isabela.
The donations came from good Samaritans – individuals, families, private companies, non-government organizations, local government units and various other government agencies who extended their assistance to our “kababayans” who were victims of calamity.
Among the relief items onboard are sacks of rice, canned goods, instant noodles, bottled waters, family food packs, hygiene kits, face shields, face masks, water containers, blankets, towels, and pre-loved clothes.
Personnel from the navy, marines, army, PNP and Office of the Civil Defense 2 (OCD2) worked together to unload all the relief goods from the ship to the trucks posted outside of the vessel who will then deliver the commodities to the provinces.
The heavy rains did not dampen the spirit of the troops as they continue to unload all commodities. The activity was completed at 5p.m.
“These goods must be delivered immediately to the needy flood victims in Cagayan and Isabela that is why we didn’t waste any time,” the captain of the ship Cmdr. Elmer Toriado stated.
“As we are answering the call for help of our kababayans from Cagayan and Isabela, rest assured that “Your Navy in the North” will continue to perform its mandated task of protecting the integrity and security of our northern maritime territory,” he concluded. (AI/aFC/MTVN)