Posted to Kalinaw News (Jun 14, 2020): Masigasig Troopers Help in Distribution of Food Packs in Agusan Norte Town (By 4th Infantry Division)
BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte – The troopers from 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion has provided the needed additional manpower to the local government unit (LGU) of Buenavista during the third wave of the distribution of food packs on June 13, 2020 in the different barangays in the area.
A total of 19,503 food packs was distributed to the 25 barangays in Buenavista, as the LGU wants to ensure that its constituents have enough food supply while the whole town is placed under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) to contain the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
After more than three months of being under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) which forced the community earners to stop working, the LGU of Buenavista headed by Mayor Norbert Pagaspas continue to support the daily consumption of the residents due to the restriction of the movements of the people, as implemented by the provincial government of Agusan del Norte.
Aside from manpower, the 23rd IB troopers also provided security during the massive distributions to ensure the safe delivery of the food packs to the doorsteps of all the residents in the area.
Revelations by the former rebels (FRs) who recently surrendered to the 23rd IB indicated of the miserable situation of the remaining Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in the area due to hunger and scarcity of food supplies.
The FRs exposed the plans of the remaining CNTs to disrupt distributions and snatch food packs intended for the residents especially in remote villages in the area.
In his statement, LT. COL. JULIUS CESAR C PAULO, the commanding officer of 23rd IB expressed the readiness of the Philippine Army to provide assistance to the LGUs and other agencies especially during this time of the pandemic.
“The Masigasig troopers are committed and ready to mobilize its resources, including manpower to assist the LGUs and other agencies to ensure that food packs and other basic necessities will safely arrive in villages and into the homes of our constituents who are greatly affected by this crisis,” Lt. Col. Paulo said.
Lt. Col. Paulo added that the Philippine Army, in the midst of the threats of the Covid-19, will continue to carry out its mandate and mission in serving the people and securing the land.
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