The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) delivered Wednesday for the second time its relief packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development MIMAROPA to rebel returnees, members of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Units (CAFGUs), and stranded civilians living near and inside the Marine Base Rodolfo Punsalang in Barangay Tiniguiban.
Capt. Orchie A Bobis, spokespersons of the 3rd Marine Brigade (3MBde), said a representative of the CSWDO called them to ask about the recipients.
“Ang representative mismo ng CSWDO ang tumawag sa akin para alamin kung may pagkain pa ang mga stranded na civilians na pansamantalang nakikituloy dito sa kampo habang maigting pang pinapatupad ang enhanced community quarantine,” Bobis said.
The CSWDO team led by Mark Renn Correa, RSW Officer II, delivered the goods to the beneficiaries.
The distribution of aid to the beneficiaries coincides with the recent launching of the “Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko” project which aims to look for financially-able families or organizations to help support the poorest households or individuals.
Eubert Alibo, a stranded resident from Sultan Kudarat, was among the recipients.
“Maraming salamat po talaga sa Marines na tinanggap kami dito sa kampo nila at tinulungang mailapit sa DSWD ang problema namin sa pagkain, ang pinoproblema na lang namin ay kung papaano makauwi sa Mindanao pero yung tulugan at pagkain nasolusyunan na po ng gobyerno natin. Panawagan ko na lang sa ibang tao na sundin natin ang gobyerno para matapos na ang krisis na hinaharap natin,” Alibo said.
Some of the stranded civilians are Marine applicants who came all the way from different provinces to apply during the supposed Marines Mobile Recruitment scheduled last March 15 to April 15.
The 3MBde headed by Brigadier General Nestor C. Herico, adhered to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to accommodate stranded civilians in military bases.
“We have been accommodating them since March 17, we opened our facility to the civilians and provided them with food and shelter. I greatly appreciate CSWD, PSWD, and DSWD for their food assistance; it is really big help to our Command as the host to these guests. This symbolizes true partnership among government agencies or the whole of government approach to address challenges,” Herico said.