BRP Tarlac (LD601), a Philippine Navy landing dock, departed from Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila on December 22 for a sealift and humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) mission to areas severely devastated by Typhoon Odette in Visayas and Mindanao.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Health (DOH), the Rotary Club of Manila, Globe Telecom, The Bellevue Manila, New World Makati Hotel, Operations Blessing, non-governmental organizations, and private individuals are transporting approximately 350,000 kilograms of relief goods and essential personal supplies via LD601.
Around 150 tons of rolling cargo, including the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Mobile Kitchen, military vehicles with water tanks, Meralco and Maynilad trucks, and Bank on Wheels, are also onboard.
Meanwhile, a 200-man contingent from the 9th Marine Battalion’s Marine Amphibious Ready Force (MARU) has been deployed onboard as a disaster-ready response unit capable of HADR and other military operations.
The BRP Tarlac is one of the PN’s two largest military sealift and transport ships. It is a vital asset for civil-military operations and HADR because of its ability to carry a huge number of personnel, logistics, and supplies. The importance of this talent is highlighted by the fact that our country is an archipelagic nation.
Said vessel is one of the PN’s 19 humanitarian aid-focused ships, which have been deployed in the areas ravaged by Typhoon Odette.
This deployment exemplifies the Navy’s unwavering efforts and important role in the overall government strategy to ensure the continued supply of relief items and rehabilitation materials to support our fellow Filipinos devastated by the disaster.