Navy facilitates transport of COVID-19 vaccines to far-flung island towns in Tawi-Tawi

By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL

SINOVAC ON-BOARD: Sailors of the Philippine Navy PS Ship-19 loading the boxes of Sinovac vaccines bound for the island municipalities of Turtle Islands and Mapun in Tawi-Tawi Province. (Contributed Photo)

CAMP NAVARRO, Calarian, Zamboanga City

The Philippine Navy’s PS-19 facilitated the transport of the COVID-19 vaccines and medical team to the island municipalities of Mapun Island and Turtle Islands both in Tawi-Tawi province recently.

READY TO INOCULATE: Frontline Health Workers from the Integrated Provincial Health Office of Tawi-Tawi on-board the Navy boat PS-19 while on voyage bound for Turtle Islands and Mapun Municipalities in Tawi-Tawi Province. (Contributed Photo)

“The Western Mindanao Command through the Naval Forces Western Mindanao and the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi successfully transported the Sinovac and Astrazeneca vaccines to Mapun Island that benefitted more or less 200 healthcare workers of the municipalities of Mapun and Turtle Islands,” said Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) on Wednesday.

The vaccines were administered by the medical team from the Integrated Provincial Health Office of Tawi-Tawi headed by Dr. Sangkula Laja at the District Hospital of Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi in Barangay Lupa Pula, Mapun.

“We are happy to be of service to the people especially during this crucial time when we are all battling against an invisible foe, the Coronavirus, which has claimed lives and afflicted many,” said Brig. Gen. Arturo Rojas, commander of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi.

Additionally, personnel of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Development also embarked the navy vessel on the same voyage to distribute 4Ps grants and deliver other essential government services and supplies to the indigent people.

“The Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) is taking the lead in transporting the vaccines to the far-flung municipalities and provinces to ensure its timely delivery and inoculation,” said Rear Admiral Toribio Adaci, Jr., commander of the NFWM.

Mapun Island and Turtle Islands are located at the Philippine border near Sabah. JIJ

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