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Army, DSWD deliver food packs in Bukidnon

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – The Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division recently partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office-10 (DSWD FO-10) in delivering 3,000 Family Food Packs (FFP) to the Province of Bukidnon last March 28, 2020. The food packs which are now safely stored inside Army facilities in Bukidnon are part of various government assistance packages being readied by the Regional Inter- Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Disease (RIATF- MEID)- in Northern Mindanao for people affected by the outbreak of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19).
Mari-Flor Dollaga-Libang, Regional Director of DSWD FO-10 said the recent batch of deliveries now bring the total number of FFPs prepositioned in various military camps in Bukidnon to 6,000. She also lauded the Cagayan de Oro City- based Army unit for facilitating the delivery and safekeeping of the food packs which she said will be used should the crisis escalate.
The NorMin Task Force for CoViD-19 was created and activated thru NDRRMC Memorandum Circular No. 27, s2020 in order to ensure coordination and facilitate response, humanitarian assistance, and support the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Disease (RIATF-MEID). The DSWD FO-10 is currently the lead agency of the response for the Food and Non- Food Items Cluster with AFP and the Philippine Army through the 4th Infantry Division performing support roles.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio M. Gacal, the Commander of 4ID said the Philippine Army is poised to provide any form of assistance to all regional line agencies and local government units in the fight against COVID-19. “Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) is one of our mission areas and we will make sure that we will do our best to help our people especially now that the entire country is in peril”, Gacal said. “This is a huge challenge for all us but with our Whole-of-Nation Approach, I am confident we will defeat COVID-19”, he added.
Since the declaration of national emergency due to the pandemic, 4ID units in Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions have been actively supporting interagency efforts to fight COVID-19. Hundreds of Army personnel, vehicle and equipment have been deployed across the two regions to assist the PNP and local government units and agencies in enforcing national directives and local ordinances such as the establishment of quarantine check points. Various military facilities are also being readied to accommodate stranded passengers, as directed by President Duterte.
Gacal said military camps are also strictly enforcing measures to prevent the spread of the dreaded virus. Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro City has been implementing strict procedures such as thermal scanning and disinfection to safeguard soldiers and their families against the disease.
“Our soldiers are constantly threatened by the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 because of the nature of our job which is to serve the people. But we also need to protect them so that they can continue doing their tasks and accomplish our mission”, Gacal added. He also called on all sectors of the society especially the local populace to cooperate with the government’s efforts to immediately curb the disease.

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