The gifts are filled with school supplies such as notebook, ballpen, pencil, and crayons, and hygiene kit with bath soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, and face towel.
Aged four to 16 years old, the children are under the care of Darul Aitam Toril in Baloi, Lanao del Norte which serves as their home and school for Islamic studies.
The troops also gave the Toril two trays of eggs, 51 sacks of 5-kilo rice, and assorted canned goods, noodles and biscuits.
A 4×8 whiteboard with whiteboard markers and ink refill was also donated to the Toril.
The relief aid and gift-giving were made possible through the support of the local government of Baloi, Lanao del Norte, Gaisano Iligan, and a private individual.
Lt.Col. Domingo Dulay Jr, commander of 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, was thankful that several stakeholders supported the advocacy of the Battalion to help those who are in need.
“In this simple activity, we are happy to bring hope and love to these kids,” he said emphasizing that the community has to give support and attention to the kids to prevent threat groups from influencing them.
Accordingly, the school supplies will aid the orphans in understanding Islam as a religion of peace while the hygiene kit will help ensure their personal hygiene as the world continues to battle against the dreaded coronavirus disease.
Happy with the relief, Aslanie Hadji Abbas, the secretary of the Toril, expressed appreciation to the 4th Mechanized Battalion.
“Sobrang hirap sa una kasi naranasan namin na dalawang beses lang kumain sa isang araw, kaya malaki ang pasasalamat namin sa Philippine Army at sa mga sponsors na nagbigay,” she said.
(It was hard at first because we experienced eating only twice a day, so we are very grateful to the Philippine Army and the sponsors who provided the relief.)
Meanwhile, the local government unit (LGU) of Baloi gave an assurance that they will continue to help the Toril.
“Ang LGU Baloi po ay hindi sila papabayaan, gagawin namin ang lahat upang masolusyonan ang problema nila,” said Municipal Councilor Jamaloding Usman Mamad.
(The LGU Baloi will not neglect them, we will do everything possible to solve their problem.)(APB/PIA ICIC)