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Navy: Caskets, tons of relief goods to arrive in Oro

RELIEF goods and other humanitarian assistance continue to pour in the flood-stricken Northern Mindanao as search and retrieval operations continue for the past five days after flashflood struck Cagayan de Oro City.
Philippine Navy public affairs director, Lieutenant Colonel Omar Tonsay, said BRP-Dagupan City loaded with 437 caskets and some 2,000 tons of relief goods is arriving Friday morning in Cagayan de Oro City, where there is shortage of coffins.
Tonsay said they have also activated Naval Task Force-80 (NTF-80) and assigned Captain Sebastian Pan, who will be in command and control of the relief operations in Northern Mindanao.
Tonsay added the crew of the ships deployed by the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM) recovered 11 unidentified bodies off Bagakay Point, Salay Misamis Oriental when they scoured from Wednesday until Thursday the coastal areas off Cagayan de Oro City and adjacent areas off Misamis.
The NFEM has deployed BRP-Jose Andrada, BRP-Enrique Jurado, and BRP-Magat Salamat to scour the coastal areas off Cagayan de Oro City and adjacent areas off Misamis Oriental, Tonsay said.
Simultaneously, he said two of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao vessels -- BRP-Emilio Liwanag and BRP-Jose Loor Jr. -- will conduct retrieval operations off Iligan City.
He said the Naval Forces Southern Luzon based in Albay deploy Thursday BRP-Antonio Luna to transport three tons of Water Purifying System from Pasacao, Camarines Sur to Cagayan de Oro City.
The BRP-Antonio Luna will later join the search and retrieval operations off Cagayan de Oro City, he said.
Tonsay said the BRP-Bacolod City is placed on stand-by alert in Sangley Point, Cavite City, to augment NTF-80 in transporting additional relief goods.
Tonsay said BRP Bacolod City, like BRP-Dagupan City, is a logistics support vessel with a total full load displacement of 4,265 tons or the capacity to transport some 2,280 tons of cargo.
Thursday, December 22, 2011


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