M/V PRC AMAZING GRACE, the Philippines’ first and only humanitarian vessel left its homeport in Subic Bay this afternoon to deliver much needed relief and assistance to the survivors of typhoon Rolly in Catanduanes province.
The Catanduanes mission is the “first humanitarian deployment” of the 195-foot Philippine Red Cross (PRC) owned vessel, according to PRC Chairman and CEO Senator Richard J. Gordon.
M/V PRC Amazing Grace “is bringing non-food items… including hygiene kits, blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, 10-liter and 20-liter jerry cans, galvanized iron (GI) sheets for roofing, and kitchen sets,” Gordon said during the send-off ceremony at the Subic Dock, inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
It also carries a minivan and a Willy Jeep “as additional vehicles for better delivery of service and assistance,” Gordon added.
Based on PRC’s experience, Gordon said, delivering goods by land and air immediately after disasters has many times proven difficult, thus, the decision to acquire a ship. (VVV)