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Army facilitates the delivery of basic needs to far-flung IP community in Bukidnon

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Maramag Bukidnon – 88th Infantry “Maringal” Battalion (88IB) facilitates the safe delivery of One Hundred Twenty (120) DSWD relief packs, two hundred ninety-five (295) assorted donated books of Kasilak Foundation, and three hundred fifty (350) packed meals for the far-flung IP community Tigwahanon Tribes in Sitio Silangon and Purok 6 all of Barangay Magkalungay, San Fernando, Bukidnon last July 28, 2021.

Each family received one (1) box of family food packs, one (1) package of kitchen kits, one container of hygiene kits, and Magkalungay Elementary School received the donated books, and 350 individuals were fed.

Barangay Magkalungay is located away from the mainland of San Fernando, which has two (2) ways to get there, first thru a motorcycle or “habal-habal” utilizing the hanging bridge, and the second is to traverse the Tigwa River using a large type of vehicle. To deliver the said services, the team crossed the Tigwa River using a large truck.

Barangay Magkalungay before is one of the strongholds of the CTGs, and the Indigenous Peoples was being exploited for so long time because of its nature as a geographically isolated and disadvantaged area. The unit conducted the Community Support Program and successfully cleared the area from the CTGs affection, and identified the local issues being used by the CTGs in its Arouse Organize and Mobilize (AOM) and in Ideological Political Organizing Works (IPOW). Now the community became more supportive of the government’s peace and development programs. Likewise, the said barangay is one (1) of the beneficiary of the PHP 20 million budgets from the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) support to Barangay Development Plan projects to address the local issues existing in the community.

In his remarks, Lieutenant Colonel Christian James P Vingno, Commanding officer of 88IB, expressed his gratitude for the never-fading support from our partner agencies, stakeholders, and community. “Your Army will continue to help to facilitate the creation of conflict resilient communities and address the armed component of this Communist Terrorist Group to ensure peace and security in every community. Likewise, we will also closely monitor the proper implementation of the PHP20 million budgets from the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) support to Barangay Development Plan projects,” Lieutenant Colonel Vingno added.

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