The BRP Iwak arrived in the afternoon of December 22 on Typhoon Odette-devastated Dapa, Siargao Island.
The Navy ship carried various relief products from the Office of the Vice President, Naval Task Group NCR, Jam Pinaroc, Maynilad Water Services, Inc., and other relief goods consolidated from the Philippine Fleet’s various units, non-governmental organizations, and private stakeholders.
Meanwhile, earlier in the morning, BRP Ivatan (LC298) arrived. LC298 of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao on December 19 left Zamboanga City with 7,000 boxes of varied food packs from DSWD IX.
The LC289 and LC298 are part of the Philippine Navy’s humanitarian aid-focused 19-ship deployment to the areas ravaged 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.