Sep 22, 2020

Marines launches “Damayan para sa Kapwa” in northern Palawan

According to 3rd Marine Company acting commanding officer Captain Benzon Babang, the program aims to support the needs of the selected indigent families during the pandemic.

Photo courtesy of Dweine Dalag.

The 3rd Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT3) has launched its “Damayan para sa Kapwa” program in Barangay Banbanan, Taytay town this week.

According to 3rd Marine Company acting commanding officer Captain Benzon Babang, the program aims to support the needs of the selected indigent families during the pandemic.

Around 100 food packs were distributed in the barangay. He explained that the number of beneficiaries will depend on the sponsors.

“Maghahanap kami ng sponsor tapos ibibigay one-time lang per barangay. Depende kung ilan ang mapo-produce ng mga sponsors,” he said.

In addition, he said that those who did not qualify to receive from the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) are the priority of the program.

 

Photo courtesy of Dweine Dalag.

He noted that many families lost their income during the implementation of Luzon-wide quarantine.

“‘Yong mga hindi nakatanggap sa SAP galing sa gobyerno at ‘yong nga walang natanggap mismo ay sila ang priority namin. ‘Yong nga nasa far flung barangays at mga indigent ay kasama sa priority,” Babang said.

The program, he said, will continue after the general community quarantine (GCQ) but depends on the sponsors.

“After GCQ ay tuloy pa rin kasi hindi pa nakakarecover ang mga tao pero depende sa sponsors,” he added.

Babang said Damayan para sa Kapwa is a series of food packs distribution in different barangays started in Barangay Banbanan.

Taytay local government unit executive assistant Silverio Catedral also welcomed the program.

“Ito ay napakalaking tulong na rin sa bayan ng Taytay kung saan ang mga lugar na hindi naabut ng serbisyo ay ating napupuntahan kaya saludo po kami sa kanila lalo na mabigyan din ng tulong ang mga PWDs, senior citizens at mga magsasaka na nasa malalayong lugar.

Recently, the Western Command (WESCOM) also launched the same program dubbed “Kapwa ko, Sagot ko” followed by “Tulungan si Kapwa” of the 3rd Marine Brigade. (with reports from Bella Mutia)

 

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