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Shipping lines offer free pier-to-pier transport of relief goods

  • Member carriers of the Philippine Liner Shipping Association (PLSA) are offering free pier-to-pier transport of relief goods intended for families affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette
  • Covered ports include Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Tagbilaran, Tacloban, and Puerto Princesa
  • The relief goods will be received Monday to Friday (Monday to Saturday for Gothong Southern) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Member carriers of the Philippine Liner Shipping Association (PLSA) are offering free pier-to-pier transport of relief goods for families affected by the onslaught of typhoon Odette, the strongest typhoon to enter the country this year and which hammered Visayas, Mindanao, and some parts of Luzon.

The free service was committed by PLSA members 2GO Group, Inc.; Gothong Southern Shipping Lines, Inc.; Lorenzo Shipping Corp.; Moreta Shipping Lines, Inc.; Oceanic Container Lines, Inc.; and Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp. in response to the need for continued transportation of relief goods.

Covered ports include Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Tagbilaran, Tacloban, and Puerto Princesa.

Relief goods may include food packs, canned goods, rice, ready-to-eat meals, noodles, drinking water, biscuits, bread, clothing, personal protective equipment, hygiene kits, toiletries, sleeping materials, medicine, cooking utensils and equipment, footwear, and even toys for children, among others.

The relief goods will be received Monday to Friday (Monday to Saturday for Gothong Southern) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PLSA requested donors to ensure that cargoes are properly and safely packed, and to clearly identify the name, address, and contact details of the consignee or receiving personnel at the port of destination.

The contact details of each shipping line are as follows:

  • 2GO Group – Blessie Cruz, 09178829010
  • Gothong Southern – Raquel Dapdap, 09171206771; Erickson Queri, 09156730075
  • Lorenzo Shipping – Mary Jane Sereneo, 09989683043, maryjane.sereneo@msl.com.ph
  • Moreta Shipping – Alma, 09564574184
  • Oceanic Container Lines – Gab San Pedro, 09391995972
  • Philippine Span Asia – Hannae, 09176234656; Grace, 09178284126; Tricia, 09178534669

PLSA said this is their “small effort to disaster response and relief” and noted that as they join hands with the government and the private sector, “we can better …help our fellow Filipinos in need and aid in their recovery.”

Typhoon Odette entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on December 14 and left on December 18. According to a December 21 report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the typhoon has affected more than 1 million people and damaged houses, infrastructure, and agriculture in MIMAROPA, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7, Region 8, Region 10, Region 11, Region 12, CARAGA, and BARMM. A total of 12 cities/municipalities have been declared as under a state of calamity as of December 21.

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