Navy’s boatload of caskets, tons of relief goods set to arrive in CDO PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 December 2011 17:06

Relief goods and other humanitarian assistance continue to pour in the flood-stricken northern Mindanao as search and retrieval operations continue for the past five days after flash flood struck Cagayan de Oro City known as the City of Golden Friendship.

Philippine Navy public affairs director Lt. Col. Omar Tonsay said BRP-Dagupan City loaded with 437 caskets and some 2,000 tons of relief goods is arriving Friday morning in Cagayan de Oro City, where there is shortage of coffins.

Tonsay said they have also activate Naval Task Force-80 (NTF-80) and assigned Capt. Sebastian Pan, who will be in command and control of the relief operations in Northern Mindanao.

Tonsay disclosed the crew of the ships deployed by the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM) have recovered 11 unidentified bodies off Bagakay Point, Salay Misamis Oriental when they scoured from Wednesday until Thursday the coastal areas off Cagayan de Oro City and Adjacent areas off Misamis.

The NFEM has deployed BRP-Jose Andrada, BRP-Enrique Jurado, and BRP-Magat Salamat to scour the coastal areas off Cagayan de Oro City and adjacent areas off Misamis Oriental, Tonsay said.

Simultaneously, he said the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) two of its vessels, BRP-Emilio Liwanag and BRP-Jose Loor Jr. to conduct retrieval operations off Iligan City.

He said the Naval Forces Southern Luzon (NFSL) based in Albay deploy Thursday BRP-Antonio Luna to transport three tons of Water Purifying System from Pasacao, Camarines Sur to Cagayan de Oro City.

The BRP-Antonio Luna will later join the search and retrieval operations off Cagayan de Oro City, he said.

Tonsay said the BRP-Bacolod City is placed on stand-by alert in Sangley Point, Cavite City to augment NTF-0 in transporting additional relief goods.

Like BRP-agupan City, Tonsay said BRP Bacolod City is a logistics support vessel (LSV) with a total full load displacement of 4,265 tons or the capacity to transport some 2,280 tons of cargo.