PH Navy to provide aid to flood-hit Cagayan, Isabela
Robie de Guzman • December 16, 2019 • 378
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Navy, through its Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NFNL), is set to deploy its available resources to provide aid to thousands of people who were displaced by massive flooding in Cagayan and Isabela.
In a statement issued Sunday, the Philippine Navy Public Affairs said the relief mission, which is part of its humanitarian assistance and disaster relief initiative, will be conducted by NFNL units at Naval Base Camilo Osias in San Vicente, Cagayan.
“Several areas in Isabela and Cagayan were put under state of calamity because of the damages the flooding has brought to this part of the country. PN personnel and assets are now ready to be deployed to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster response in some of the areas affected by this calamity,” the navy said.
It added that the effort is part of its readiness and commitment to provide prompt assistance to Filipino families stricken by calamity.
“For those who would like to donate, they can directly coordinate with the Naval Operation Center at (02) 524-4981 and 0917 8045092 and Civil Military Operation Group, PN at (02) 524-2061 loc 6133 and 09053926359/ 09206860377 and NFNL, NF3- 09774596931/ NF7-09171230067,” the Philippine Navy said.
The said donations will be transported through available logistic naval vessels, the navy added.
MANILA, Philippines— The Philippine Navy has confirmed the fire incident that took place onboard BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS16) on Thursday night (May 7) just a few hours after it departed Port of Cochin, India bound for Manila.
In a statement issued on Friday, the Navy said the vessel was in convoy with BRP Davao del Sur (LD602).
Naval Public Affairs Office Acting Director, LCdr. Maria Christina Roxas, said initial investigation showed that the fire that broke at the main engine room was put out in 10 minutes but injured two personnel with second degree burns and caused minor damage in some equipment.
“This unfortunate incident could have been worse if not for the promptness of our PN personnel in responding to the fire incident. We recognize the gallant efforts of our personnel in responding to the emergency situation in spite of the dangers involved. Rest assured that the safety and welfare of our personnel is of paramount importance,” Roxas added.
One of the two sailors who were injured in the fire is now receiving treatment in an Indian medical facility, while the other is in sickbay aboard the vessel.
Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, in a statement released on Saturday, said the vessel has returned to Cochin, India, reaching the port under its own power and unassisted as it only sustained minor damage.
He added that the US Navy’s Naval Systems Command (NAVSEA) will assist in the repair of the BRP Alcaraz since the vessel was acquired from the US.
“We will also use existing diplomatic mechanisms and our defense cooperation agreement with India to facilitate and expedite work on the ship so that it can return to the country in the shortest time possible,” Lorenzana concluded. —/mbmf
The Philippine Navy (PN) ensures its commitment to support the government’s efforts in addressing the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID19) crisis.
The Navy said it distributed sacks of rice to residents of Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila on Sunday (April 12).
“The PNs special operators utilized four inflatable boats to thread the Pasig River and distribute sacks of rice to 260 families settling in the area using 10-foot pole hooks to extend their reach,” the Philippine Navy said in a statement.
Fleet commander Rear Adm. Loumer Bernabe said the Philippine Navy will continue to support the government in its effort to aid citizens affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
“The whole PN assets are readily available to help aid the government in its effort to address the impact of this COVID19 in the country. We will continue to fight this unseen enemy and serve our kababayans in this crisis,” he said. AAC
The Philippine Navy ships, BRP Davao del Sur (LD602) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS16), have arrived in Oman to help in the repatriation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by the tensions in the Middle East.
The ships arrived at Sultan Qaboos Port late on Wednesday afternoon (February 5).
In a statement, Philippine envoy to Oman, Ambassador Narciso Castañeda said the navy contingent are “all safe and sound” upon arriving in Oman.
“The troops are very happy and in high spirits since this event serves as another milestone for our Navy that we can already transcend across the deep waters of Indian Ocean or the Arabian Sea,” he said.
He also assured that the embarked sailors and marines “are ready to assist and support the government effort in repatriating our unsung heroes, the OFWs in this Middle East conflict.”—AAC
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