MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has started deploying its seacraft in delivering relief goods to be distributed in the areas affected by Typhoon Odette.
PCG spokesperson Commodore Armand Balilo said their relief operations have been non-stop since Wednesday as ordered by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade.
“Nagpapatuloy po yung ating operations […] Ang instruction po ni Sec. Art Tugade ay gawing round-the-clock at abutin yung mga areas na kailangang abutin at mabigyan ng tulong,” Balilo said.
The PCG said the initial batch of relief goods was delivered to Dinagat Island. The shipment contained more than 500 sacks of rice, canned goods, noodles, and boxes of bottled water.
The PCG team also brought disaster kits, mats and blankets, hygiene kits, medicines, and several sacks of clothes.
The BRP Malabrigo also safely transported around 2,000 liters of gasoline and 16 portable generator sets, as well as drinking water to the provinces of Cebu and Bohol.
Another PCG sea vessel has been used in delivering relief supplies and bottled drinking water for, more or less, 300 families in Pagasa Island.
The PCG’s BRP Capones, on the other hand, has transported hollow blocks and sacks of cement for the repair and rehabilitation of the PCG station in Pagasa Island.
Members of the PCG Western Visayas, meanwhile, pooled their own money for the procurement of bottled water to be distributed to the families affected by Typhoon Odette.
“Kasama po ang Philippine Coast Guard sa kabuuang pagkilos ng gobyerno. Sa amin po 9 na barko ang na-deploy namin at naglalagare para magdala po ng relief at tulungan yung mga kababayan natin magmula po sa Visayas hanggang makarating po ng Mindanao, at maging dito po sa Palawan,” Balilo said.
“Pinayagan na rin po ni Usec. Gongona ng BFAR yung mga MCS-Man BFAR vessels na mina-man po ng Coast Guard na tumulong din po sa mga pagdi-distribute, ‘pag dumating po yung mga relief sa isang area, itong mga smaller vessels ang siya pong gagamitin para pumunta naman doon sa mga probinsiya na kailangan ng mga relief,” he added. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent JP Nuñez)