From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 12, 2020): Army lauds private groups’ support to front-liners in Butuan (By Alexander Lopez)
PARTNERSHIP AMID CRISIS. A staff from fast-food chain Chowking in Butuan City turns over lunch packs to Army personnel for distribution to front-liners at quarantine checkpoints in Butuan City. 402nd Infantry Brigade commander, Brig. Gen. Maurito L. Licudine thanked various business establishments for their all-out support to the front-liners. (Photo courtesy of CMO, 402nd Infantry Brigade)
BUTUAN CITY – The Philippine Army lauded the efforts of private groups and establishments in providing support to the front-liners who risk their lives in the fight against the spread of 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the city.
In a statement on Friday (April 10), 402nd Infantry Brigade (402nd IBde) commander, Brig. Gen. Maurito L. Licudine expressed gladness over the all-out support given by various business establishments to the front-liners in the area.
“We are in awe of the support that our front-liners are receiving right now. We express gratitude to them especially on their trust in forging a partnership with the Army to deliver support to our front-liners. Indeed, in unity there is strength,” Licudine said.
He added that such an act of kindness and unconditional support has made the front-liners’ jobs lighter and boosted their morale to continue performing their tasks to help stop the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.
On Thursday (April 9), the fast-food chain Chowking in Butuan City partnered with the 402nd IBde in the distribution of meals to the front-liners manning the quarantine checkpoints in the city.
A total of 120 lunch-time meals were distributed specifically in the control points in Barangays Pigdaulan, Bit-os and Bancasi in Butuan City.
“Private business groups are recognizing the heroism and sacrifices of our front-liners. We thank them for the support,” Licudine said.
In the same statement on Friday, the 402nd IBde quoted Jenn Hyacint Claro, area manager of Chowking in Butuan City as saying that the move is part of the restaurant’s corporate social responsibility amid the crisis that the people of Butuan is facing.
Claro also recognized the sacrifices and dedication of the front-liners, especially in their efforts to contain the spread of the dreaded Covid-19.
She added that Chowking, through the Jollibee Group Foundation’s Food Aid Program, has been coordinating with public and private organizations for the efficient distribution system of food for the front-liners.
“The Jollibee Group is one with them in this fight and we hope that through our food support, we can fuel their heroic efforts. We are more than grateful for what they are doing for our countrymen. We thank our Covid-19 front-liners from the bottom of our hearts,” Claro said.