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Navy ships return heavy with precious PPE

By Dempsey Reyes/The Manila Times

THE Philippine naval vessel  ̶  tasked to transport the last shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) that the government purchased from China  ̶  has arrived in the Philippines, docking first in Davao City to drop off a batch of equipment bought.

The BRP Bacolod City (LS-550) arrived at Davao’s Sasa Wharf early on Friday to offload 2,000 sets of PPE procured from Zhangzhou Harbor, Xiamen in the previous month.

The Philippine Navy picked up from China around 700,000 KN95 face masks and 200,000 sets of PPE, composed of goggles, coverall suits, head covers, pairs of gloves, pairs of shoe covers, surgical masks and surgical gowns.

These were the PPE remaining from the total that through the Department of Budget and Management, the national government paid P1.8 billion to acquire.

The Office of Civil Defense in Davao will distribute the PPE throughout the entire Mindanao island, said Eastern Mindanao Command spokesman Lt. Col. Ezra Balagtey.

After unloading the precious cargo, the BRP Bacolod City set sail for the Queen City of the South to deploy another batch of equipment. Upon departing Cebu City, the vessel headed to the National Capital Region for the final delivery of PPE paid for by the public.

Meanwhile, the Republic of India donated 200,000 face masks and helped facilitate the repatriation of 18 Filipino tourists stranded there in the republic, announced the Philippine Navy.

Thanks to the defense and armed forces attache as well as the representatives from the Philippine embassy in India, they are all now aboard the BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602) and the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16) on course for our country, confirmed Navy spokesman Lt. Cdr. Maria Christina Roxas.

Another generous donor was the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), which gave P7 million to the Office of Civil Defense, the lead agency that consolidates donations for combatting the coronavirus pandemic.

The donation was accumulated from 1.5 percent of the monthly base pay of jail personnel, explained BJMP spokesman Xavier Solda.


Source: https://www.manilatimes.net/2020/05/09/news/latest-stories/navy-ships-return-heavy-with-precious-ppe/723701/

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