By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

BUTIG,LANAO DEL SUR, Sept. 24 (PIA ICCC) — Affected residents and rebel returnees here availed themselves of the different government services and programs during the Kumpas Barangay: Information-Serbisyo Caravan from various government line agencies.

In line with the celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month, the caravan led by Task Force Bangon Marawi’s (TFBM) Information Management and Strategic Communication Support Group (IMSCSG) under the aegis of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), sought to assist the affected communities in the recovery and rehabilitation process by facilitating an exchange of information among the internally displaced persons and by providing them with the needed services from the different TFBM member-agencies.

Meanwhile, the caravan is being supported by the 49th Infantry Battalion and the local government of Butig.

Butig Mayor Dimnatang Pansar expressed his gratitude and joy when the different government line agencies converged to provide services for his constituents.

“ Ako po ay napakasaya….nakikita natin ang mga tao dahil masaya sila (I am glad to see my people happy)” he said.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR)- Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, has registered 132 fisherfolks and 12 fishponds, profiled 66 fisherfolks, rendered technical assistance to 30 fisherfolks and conducted cooking demonstration on fish balls and fish polvoron with 20 fisherfolks. It also distributed a total of 200 information education campaign materials on fishery.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) distributed 60 Digital Parenting brochures for individuals and 25 Tech4ED brochures for the promotion of Butig Dianaton Naim Tech4ED Center. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) distributed 30 sari-sari store starter kits to the rebel returnees.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), with the delivery assistance of the 551st Engineering Battalion, 55th Engineering Brigade and 12th Civil Military Operations (CMO) Battalion, has distributed malong, hygiene kits and foodpacks to 573 affected residents and rebel returnees.

The Regional Human Rights Commission-BARMM together with Public Attorney’s Office, Integrated Bar of the Philippines and Department of Justice, also provided legal assistance to 89 residents in municipality.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), on the other hand, has profiled 480 individuals for skills training and provided free massage services to 52 individuals. For its part, the JCI Iligan Dayang Dayang distributed 50 school bags and snacks to the children in the municipality with the support from the Hijab Troopers of 12th CMO Battalion.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) also conducted free birth registration, benefiting 43 individuals.

Free haircut was also provided by the Philippine Army.

The 103rd Infantry Brigade look after the safety of the participating agencies and led the caravan convoy.

 

With the free medicines from Department of Health (DOH) and Lanao del Sur Provincial Health Office, the Integrated Provincial Health Office together with the Municipal Health Office (MHO) has provided medical consultations to 352 individuals, tooth extraction to 75 individuals, toothbrushing drill to 130 individuals, and fluoridization with cavity varnish to 112 individuals.

Programs and services of the National Housing Authority, DSWD Lanao del Sur, Community and Family Services International, Ministry of Labor and Employment, Department of Science and Technology and Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process were also disseminated to the townsfolk.

“Sana ang pagkakaiisa at pagtulong-tulungan na ipinakita ngayon ay tuluy-tuloy para sa ganon ang mga plano para sa Butig at Lanao del Sur ay makamit natin(I hope unity and cooperation will continue to accomplish our plans for Butig),” said TFBM Field Office Deputy Manager Antonio Sugarol.

It can be recalled that TFBM’s rehabilitation and recovery projects, programs and services are not only for Marawi City but for Piagapo and Butig towns as well.

Since 2017, the Stratcomm has been conducting “serbisyo caravans” to assist the affected communities in Marawi and its neighboring towns. (LEAntonio)