KAPATAGAN, LANAO DEL SUR ----- The local government unit (LGU) of Kapatagan municipality is mobilizing some 235 reservists of the 1006th Community Defense Center (CDC), 10th Regional Community Defense Group (RCDG) as manpower for relief distribution and implementation of the enhanced community quarantine imposed by the provincial government of Lanao del Sur.
Kapatagan Mayor Raidah Maglangit said the reservist in the town, including herself, being designated as commander of Charlie Company of 1006th Ready Reserve Infantry Battalion based in Kapatagan municipality, have been the LGU’s partners in its response since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.
“When we trained reservist in 2018, we did not think that there would be crisis like this. It just happened that we thought of preparing for calamities so that it would not be difficult for us to do the response and relief operations,” Maglangit said.
Despite the reservists initially lacking training to health crisis response like the COVID-19, they have subsequently been trained to respond to calamities, thus enabling the LGU to mobilize them.
“The reservists are big help especially in filling up our lack of policemen. The Philippine Marines Marine Battalion Landing Team 5 (MBLT5) also have bigger areas to serve so we cannot really depend on them when it comes to relief operations,” she added.
Several LGU employees have been trained as reservists who underwent training in 2018 upon Manglangit’s encouragement.
“I encouraged them to join so that we will all be together as one in our response and relief operations,” the mayor said.
In April 23, LGU Kapatagan completed its first round of food relief distribution to its 15 barangays with 5,380 households (based on 2017 census).
The distributed food packs contained five kilos of rice, five sardines, sugar and coffee.
In the second round of distribution of food packs next week, the LGU is preparing another five kilos of rice, noodles, coffee and sugar and canned goods will be replaced with dried fish.
As of April 23, Kapatagan town has four persons being monitored for COVID-19 after having been travelled from areas outside the municipality.
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