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One of the Poorest IP Communities in Sarangani Province Received Blessings from Army, LGUs.

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MALUNGON, SARANGANI PROVINCE – The 1002nd Infantry (Bagwis) Brigade together with 73rd Infantry (Neutralizer) Battalion, various government, and private agencies successfully conducted Outreach Activity/Community Pantry to the Indigenous People (IP) Community of Sitio Sulop, Brgy San Juan, Malungon, Sarangani Province on 19 August 2021.

The community outreach activity/Community pantry was initiated by the 1002nd (Bagwis) Brigade together with 73rd Infantry (Neutralizer) Battalion; participated by Local Government Unit (LGU) of Malungon led by Hon Maria Theresa D Constantino; Office of the Deputy Speaker/District Representative of Sarangani Province, Hon Ruel D Pacquiao, represented by Atty Ryan Ramos; Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) XII led by Director Restituto B Macuto, represented by Ms. Romaima Sacar; Technical Education and Skills Authority (TESDA) XII led by Director Rafael Y Abrogar II, in partnership with Mr. Mike Buhisan of Marchael Sea Ventures Corporation, Junior Chambers International (JCI) Philippines, DOLE Philippines, and Plus Construction Industries Corporation (PCIC). The said activity was conducted in connection with the Brigade’s 15 fruitful years of service to the people of Regions 11 & 12.

A total of 59 households benefitted from the program receiving several items such as food packs, PhP3,000.00 cash assistance for each household, 5 solar panels, 200 pairs of slippers, basketballs, assorted candies, chocolates, and biscuits.

Hon Terso Moda, Brgy Chairman of San Juan in his message “We did not expect that this kind of opportunity will come into our barangay. It’s the very first time that these blessings came to us. On behalf of Sitio Sulop, I am extending my heartfelt gratitude to the Army and other government and private agencies present. We truly felt the support of the government.”

“We, in TESDA, are always willing to extend our help through providing skills and agricultural training which will be an instrument for you to become productive”, said Director Rafael Y Abrogar II, Regional Director, TESDA XII.

Further, the Honorable Mayor of the Municipality of Malungon, Atty Maria Theresa D Constantino, in her message, is very much grateful to the 1002nd Brigade for choosing Sitio Sulop as the beneficiary of the outreach activity. She is looking forward to more collaborations with the Army and promised to bring more services and projects in the community especially that Sitio Sulop is one of the geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas in Malungon.

In response, Brigadier General Potenciano C Camba, Commander of 1002nd Infantry (Bagwis) Brigade, in his message, “My profound gratitude to our partners in peace and development for contributing and sharing to the less fortunate.

As we are performing our mandate and surviving the effects and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the main theme of our anniversary is sharing the blessings to the poorest IP community in the host municipality of our headquarters – Malungon, Sarangani.”

Far from the previous celebrations of the Brigade’s Founding Anniversary, this year’s celebration is very simple and low-key but somehow meaningful and relevant by bringing in assistance that would alleviate the poorest of the poor.

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