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Navy's BRP ship with equipment, relief goods arrives in Marawi


By Hader Glang

The Naval Forces South Western Mindanao (NFWM) has announced the arrival of a navy ship carrying heavy equipment and relief goods for those displaced by the ongoing fighting in Marawi City.

Rear Admiral Rene Medina, NFWM commander, said the BRP Lanao del Sur docked around 9 a.m. at the port of Iligan and unloaded 4 heavy equipment of the Army Engineers and the Navy Seabees that will be utilize during the rehabilitation phase of Marawi City.

He said the ship arrived three days of sea travel from South Harbor Pier 15 in Manila.

The equipment will temporarily be kept at the Balo-i area, close to Marawi City, ready for use once the construction work starts.

Capt. Joan Petinglay, spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom), said the heavy equipment includes two pay loaders and two back hoe.

"Also shipped with the equipment are boxes of relief goods intended for the Internally Displaced Persons from Marawi City who are now temporarily staying at the different evacuation centers in Saguiaran, Balo-i, Pantar and Iligan City," she said.

According to Petinglay, the boxes contains undergarments, sanitary napkins, diapers, hygiene kits, slippers, blankets, art materials, toys and medicines.

Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command, said that with the arrival of the additional equipment, they can now proceed with the re-construction of iconic structures which were damaged due to the fighting.

"These equipment will also be utilize during the construction of temporary houses for the IDPs in Brgy Sagongsongan and in other shelters that will be identified," he added.

The WestMinCom chief said the relief goods will be turned-over to the appropriate agency responsible for it's distribution through the Joint Task Force Bangon Marawi.

"We will assist JTF Marawi during the distribution of these relief goods." Hader Glang

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