Troops of the 601st Infantry Brigade backed the provincial government in the distribution of relief goods in Maguindanao.
The launching of the distribution was spearheaded by Gov. Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu at the Old Capitol Ground of the Municipality of Shariff Aguak on April 11, 2020.
The truckloads of relief goods presented will be dispatched to the different municipalities and barangays of Maguindanao for the further distribution of the relief goods to families who are severely affected by the enhance community quarantine.
In her message, Gov. Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu said, “My salute to our frontliners, the health workers, law enforcers as well as all volunteers who became part of this endeavors harnessing our efforts to contain the COVID-19 and be responsive to the needs of my constituents in the whole province."
“As public servants, it is our sole responsibility to instill awareness and enforce all guidelines in order to normalize our situation and as we join together to prevent the spread of COVID-19”, the governor added.
Said relief goods were jointly by the PLGU-Maguindanao and the AFP-PNP troops on the last week of March in response to the call of the national government relative to the declaration of state of public health emergency throughout the country.
“Your Army is on top of the situation, rendering 24/7 duties to monitor, update, and strictly enforce COVID-19 implementing guidelines on the ground to further ensure that the Maguindanao-IATFEID mandates are timely and totally imposed. Further, the 601st Infantry Brigade as IATF support-agency likewise optimize its capabilities and give full commitment in these endeavors as we go hand in hand to fight the spread of COVID-19," said Col. Joel Mamon, Officer In-Charge, 601IBde.
For the first wave of distribution, twenty-four vehicles were dispatched to distribute relief goods in the municipalities of Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Talayan, Talitay, Guindulungan, and South Upi that will aid 9,909 households of the province.
"As the national campaign says, We Heal as One, your armed forces will always be here to aid and abet the people and the government until our beloved Philippines will be totally healed from the COVID-19 crisis," said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
"Moreover, Team WestMinCom continuously conducts military operations to ensure that peace and order in its area of operation are sustained," Lt. Gen. Sobejana added.
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