ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 22 Oct ) – An Italian philanthropist Armado De Rossi has donated 14 ambulances to the
Philippines where U.S. humanitarian efforts are ongoing.
The USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) will be transporting the ambulances from Subic Bay Freeport to Zamboanga City where it would
be sent to Jolo and Tawi-Tawi islands, said Marine Lance Cpl. David Rogers of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs.
He said The 3P (Promotion of Peace and Prosperity in the Philippines) Foundation headed by De Rossi purchased 14 Ford F350 ambulances to donate to places throughout the Philippines in an effort to bring better medical supplies and capabilities to local provinces.
In Zamboanga City, U.S. Air Force Major John Redfield, public affairs officer, said Sunday that the U.S. military is helping by providing the transportation.
Five of the ambulances, he said, would be donated to the Zamboanga City Fire Department; the Jolo Rescue Network; the Camp Asturias Hospital on Jolo; the Jolo Red Cross; and a clinic on Tawi Tawi.
De Rossi said that once the ambulances are delivered to their final destinations, they will save plenty of lives. “We're just here to promote the goodwill of America to the Filipino people, and to show the Filipinos that the United States cares," he said.
De Rossi is actively involved in humanitarian activities in Jolo and had donated tens of millions of dollars in infrastructure and medical equipment on the island.
Harpers Ferry is the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious assault ship and is the flagship for the Sasebo, Japan-based Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), which serves under Commander, Task Force 76.
Task Force 76 is the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious force and is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with an operating detachment in Sasebo, Japan. (Mindanao Examiner)