COTABATO CITY: The Multipurpose Assault Craft (MPAC) of the Philippine Navy transported a total of 34 boxes of syringes and needles to Sulu and Tawi-Tawi last Sunday November 28 that were intended for the three-day National Vaccination Days from November 29 up to December 1.
“We are assisting the Ministry of Health of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in their preparations for the vaccination campaign that began on Monday,” said Maj. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., commander of Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom).
Major Andrew Linao, spokesman of the WestMinCom on Wednesday said the navy vessel arrived at Jolo port around 1:48 in the afternoon of Sunday. The boxes of syringes were received by the representatives from the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) led by the Chief of Technical Division, Juli Ian Sangkula.
“While we continue to assist our partners and stakeholders, we always ensure that our workforce is protected while facilitating the safe movement of the COVID-19 vaccines and medical paraphernalia. Troops are also deployed to keep all the people involved in this campaign safe and secured. Above all, the safety of the people is our foremost concern,” Maj. Gen. Rosario, Jr. added.
“We are one with the government in this vaccination campaign because this brings so much hope that soon enough we will be able to defeat our invisible enemy,” the WestMinCom commander concluded.
From Sulu, the MPAC proceeded to Bongao, Tawi-Tawi to deliver 57 boxes of syringes and needles. The vessel is expected to arrive at its destination on the evening.
JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL