MANILA – Philippine Navy (PN) logistics support vessel, BRP Bacolod City (LS-550), which was deployed to pick up personal protective equipment (PPE) at Zhangzhou Port, Xiamen, China, is expected to arrive at its destination on Sunday.
“They are now in (the) Taiwan area. (They) are expected to arrive in (China) by April 26,” PN public affairs office chief Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said in a message on Friday.
Upon arrival in China, BRP Bacolod City and its crew are expected to stay for five to six days to complete the loading of 23,385 boxes of PPE sets.
“They are expected to the loading (within) five to six days, depending on their loading speed,” Roxas said.
Once loading is completed, the ship will then head home, she added.
On Tuesday, the PN deployed the BRP Bacolod City to pick up the PPEs at Zhangzhou Port, Xiamen, China.
The ship is commanded by Commander Rogelio Lachina and deployed there in response to Presidential Peace Adviser and National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer, Carlito Galvez Jr.’s call for the services of the PN in picking up and delivering to the country the remaining sets of PPEs that the Department of Budget and Management procured in China last month.
Aboard the ship are 33 container vans courtesy of the Pacific Roadlink Logistics, Inc. (PRLI) which is based in Angat, Bulacan.
Roxas said these containers vans will serve as the storage room of the PPEs. (PNA)