MANILA - The landing dock BRP Tarlac (LD-601), one of the largest ships of the Philippine Navy (PN), arrived in Cebu on January 18 for its fourth relief sortie for communities affected by Typhoon Odette last month.
In a statement Wednesday night, the PN said the ship successfully docked at Pier 4, Cebu City, carrying 450 tons of relief goods and essential items from various government agencies, PN units, and stakeholders to be distributed to families affected by the typhoon in Cebu, Bohol, Surigao provinces, and Leyte.
The assorted relief goods and cargoes will be sorted out by personnel of the central office of the Civil-Military Operations and the headquarters of the Naval Forces Central in Cebu, and distributed to different areas using all available surface assets.
The BRP Tarlac is part of the 27-ship flotilla deployed by the Navy to help communities battered by "Odette".
Commander Benjo Negranza, PN spokesperson, earlier said they have been using their resources to assist disaster-stricken areas to ensure the timely delivery of relief goods to typhoon victims.
The BRP Tarlac left Pier 15, South Harbor in Manila for Cebu on January 16.
During its third relief sortie on January 8, the ship transported its biggest haul of relief goods and essential rolling cargoes to the calamity-stricken areas in the Visayas and Mindanao.
The BRP Tarlac was loaded with 542,206 kg. of relief goods and 50 tons of rolling cargo when it arrived in Cebu. (PNA)