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Navy landing craft has arrived on Siargao Island to assist in relief efforts.

BRP Iwak (LC-289), a Philippine Navy (PN) landing boat, and its sister ship arrived in Dapa, Siargao Island, on Wednesday with more relief supplies for villages devastated by Typhoon Odette.

“The BRP Iwak arrived in the afternoon of December 22 on Dapa, Siargao Island. She brought with her a variety of relief items, including 7,800 kilograms of bottled water from the Vice President’s Office, 142 5-gallon water containers and four boxes of bottled water from Naval Task Group NCR (National Capital Region), 50 sacks of rice from Jam Pinaroc, 130 pieces of bottled water from Maynilad, and other relief items gathered from the Philippine Fleet, NGOs, and private stakeholders “Commander Benjo Negranza, a PN spokesperson, said in a statement on Thursday.

Meanwhile, earlier on Wednesday, the BRP Ivatan (LC-298) arrived on the island.
Last December 19, the ship, which is part of Naval Forces Western Mindanao, left Zamboanga City with 7,000 boxes of varied food packs from DSWD-9.

“As of this reporting, both Navy landing boats are being unloaded, working with partner stakeholders in the area,” Negranza added.

The BRP Iwak and BRP Ivatan are part of the PN’s humanitarian aid-focused 19-ship deployment to the areas damaged by “Odette.”

Both ships are capable of sealift and can execute beach landings, which is a critical capability for an archipelagic nation like the Philippines.

“This deployment exemplifies the Navy’s commitment to ensuring the government’s continued delivery of critical assistance materials to help our fellow Filipinos afflicted by this disaster,” Negranza added.

Meanwhile, Naval Forces West, based in Puerto Princesa City, deployed its air assets to support Joint Task Force I-CARE, Western Command, by conducting maritime air surveillance (MAS) and rapid disaster assessment and needs analysis (RDANA) in the vicinity of Puerto Princesa City, Northern, and Southern Palawan.

“Said activity intends to offer visual information on the present situation in the impacted areas and aid in situational needs in order for the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and the government to execute focused-humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations,” it added. On the same day, one of its aircraft, tail number NV-312, carried out an emergency resupply mission for AFP forces and civilians in Pagasa Island, Kalayaan Island Group (KIG), West Philippine Sea.

Along with the mission, the asset also carried out RDANA in the other Philippine-controlled features in the KIG.

“In support of Western Command and the PN, Naval Forces West will continue to carry out its duties within its area of responsibility. Similarly, the Command will continue to give unwavering support for the combined efforts to mitigate the effects of Typhoon Odette in the province of Palawan “It was stated.

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