DSWD, Army Help Earthquake-Affected IP Communities

Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan – The 48th Infantry (GUARDIANS) Battalion assisted the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the distribution of relief supplies for the Indigenous People (IP) of Pampanga on April 23.

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocked most of the areas of Pampanga on Monday, causing IP communities in the affected area to take temporary refuge in makeshift evacuation shelters under the trees outside their village.

The DSWD, with the help of the Philippine Army to brought assorted relief supplies to a total of 524 IPs in Brgy. Nabuklod, Florida Blanca, Pampanga.

Major General Lenard T. Agustin AFP, Commander of 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division said, “It is especially during calamities that we have to link our efforts and maximize the support of the government and non-government agencies to deliver basic needs and alleviate the suffering of the people.”

“The affected IPs of Pampanga are just as important as those who were affected in the mainland and we will do everything we can to provide the services and assistance they need. We are continuosly coordinating with other government organizations so we can help our IP brothers especially those who are in the mountainside or even in the remote areas,” added MGen Agustin.

“We thank the DSWD for trusting the Philippine Army in the safe and efficient delivery of relief goods badly needed by our IPs. The opportunity to act on our mandate and be in touch with the IPs gives us a chance to show them that we are sincere in our objective of protecting and helping their communities”, said Lieutenant Colonel Felix Emeterio M. Valdez, Acting Commanding Officer of Guardians Battalion.