The UN Peacekeepers arrived at around 7:00 pm and departed from Sangley Point, Cavite at around 9:25 pm on November 12, on board BRP Dagupan City (LC 551), the board Philippine Navy vessel responsible in transporting them to Caballo Island.

Filipino peacekeepers

Filipino peacekeepers departed from Sangley point, Cavite.

Filipino peacekeepers from Liberia.

Filipino peacekeepers from Liberia.

The ship arrived at the vicinity of Caballo Island around 1:00 am today awaiting orders from Joint Task Group Liberia. They started disembarkation using two Landing Craft for Vehicle and Personnel (LCVP) of BRP Dagupan City, LC 551 at around 6:00 am this morning. There were three sorties of ship-to-shore movement made by the ship’s personnel in order to transport the peacekeepers from the vessel to Caballo Island. All the peacekeepers are on board Caballo Island at around 7:20 am today.

Philippine Navy ship

BRP Dagupan City

The Navy assures the public specifically the peacekeepers and their families that we will be ready to serve and secure them, and ensure their safety and comfortable stay in the island, that is also a home for some its personnel.

The 18th Philippine Contingent from Ebola-hit Liberia composed of 108 members from the Philippine Air Force including 24 members of the PNP, and 1 BJMP personnel.

During their entire stay in Caballo, the PN as the agency in charge of the island will be responsible for providing the necessary requirements of the peacekeepers to include engineering support, command and control capability, mess, communications and morale and welfare to make sure that their stay in the island will be pleasant and Joint Task Group Liberia, headed by Captain Luzviminda Camacho, was organized to ensure the proper implementation of the safety protocols.

The PN will also be providing seaborne security along the adjacent coastal areas and avenues of approaches to ensure that there will be no unauthorized entry in the island.

The PN emphasizes its support to the decision of housing the Filipino peacekeepers from Liberia at Naval Station Caballo and ensures the safety and security of the peacekeepers and the PN personnel in the Island.

Statement/Photo Credit: Naval Public Affairs Office, Philippine Navy