BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) traveled from Port Area, Manila to Western Visayas and Northeastern Mindanao at 12 PM to deliver aid to families severely affected by Typhoon Odette.
Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel worked together to load boxes of food packs, rice, purified drinking water, medicine, vitamins, medical supplies, hygiene kits, trauma kits, portable stretchers, and shelter grade tarpaulins into the ship.
They also brought solar sets, generator sets, and fuel to help with the gradual rehabilitation of the affected provinces.
PCG Deputy Commandant for Operations, CG Vice Admiral Eduardo D. Fabricante led the send-off ceremony of BRP Gabriela Silang.
“Sa mga tauhan ng BRP Gabriela Silang, hinihiling ko ang inyong safe travel at patuloy na paggabay ng Poong Maykapal – na kayo ay mabigyan ng maayos na pangangatawan upang ating maibigay ang pagkalinga at ayuda na kailangan ng mga kababayan nating nasalanta ng bagyo,” Fabricante said.
Meanwhile, Task Force Kalinga Commander, CG Rear Admiral Ronnie Gil L. Gavan thanked the government officials who sent aid, as well as the organizations that participated in the relief transport mission including the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), PCG Auxiliary (PCGA), OB Montessori, GMA Kapuso Foundation, and Auxiliary Commander Gerald Anderson of the PCGA.
According to CG Rear Admiral Gavan, Task Force Kalinga continues to prepare for the next relief transport missions in other regions severely damaged by Typhoon Odette.
PCG’s relief transport missions are in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to use all government assets and resources to assist in the immediate recovery of the families of the victims of the recent disaster.