Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Army, PRO13 Officer’s Ladies Club Distributes Food packs to COVID19 Affected Communities in Butuan City

BANCASI, Butuan City – In line with the aim to contribute in alleviating the plight of COVID-19 affected communities, the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade in partnership with the Officer’s Ladies Club (OLC) of the Police Regional Office 13 distributed three hundred sixty-one (361) food packs to the needy in Purok 6 and 7 of Brgy Holy Redeemer, Butuan City on October 10, 2020.

A total of 361 households located in the slum areas of the said barangay considered as the poorest among the poor in Butuan City, benefited the said distribution.

The distribution of food packs containing five (5) kilos of rice, five (5) pieces eggs, two (2) pieces of sardines, two (2) noodles (misua and egg noodles) and one (1) pack biscuit, was facilitated by the personnel of the 402nd Brigade, Brgy Local Government Unit (BLGU) Officials and Tanods of Brgy Holy Redeemer led by Hon Efren Acaso and members of Propelling Our Inherited Nation Through our Youth (POINTY) Butuan City chapter led by Mr Harold Sarsale.

With the continuing surge of cases and uncertainty brought about by the pandemic, the 402nd Brigade headed by BGEN MAURITO L LICUDINE, Brigade Commander, and the PRO13 OLC headed by Mrs. Manilyn Agustin Caramat, wife of PRO13 Regional Director, saw it fit and timely to complement the efforts of the Local Government Units and other stakeholders in giving support to the affected communities.

BGen Maurito L Licudine, Commander of 402nd Infantry Brigade said, “With the current COVID-19 pandemic, your Army has been continuously collaborating and looking for ways to partner with other stakeholders and take the initiative to facilitate the delivery of services and contribute in helping the needy.”

He added that these initiatives are part of the effort of the Community Support Program of the Philippine Army in support to the fight against COVID-19 amidst the CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) threat in the far-flung areas.

“While we are confronted with serious threats coming from the CPP-NPA-NDF causing misery and sowing terror to the communities and its people, your Army will always ensure the welfare of the people. At this point in time especially with this crisis, we need each other to overcome the challenges brought about by this pandemic.”

Meanwhile, on behalf of the Officer’s Ladies Club of PRO13, Mrs. Caramat expressed her gratitude for the partnership offered to them as they also hold the firm belief that this kind of initiative is needed by the people most affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

“We salute the Officer’s Ladies Club of PRO13 for their commitment and voluntary service. We are calling all benevolent groups and individuals to partner with us in this endeavor and other future undertakings. This has been a trying time for all of us and we must give our fair share. Rest assured that your Army will support any endeavors that will benefit our people. Let’s heal as one and fight as one," BGen Licudine added.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 402nd Infantry Brigade, Joint Task Force Diamond, PA

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