By Lou Ellen L. Antonio
MARAWI CITY, Mar. 31 (PIA) — The Lanao del Sur Police Provincial Office (LDSPPO) and the 103rd Infantry “Haribon” Brigade of the Philippine Army deployed rolling stores in different towns of Lanao del Sur to address the needs of the residents amid coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat.

Residents of Barangay Poblacion Gata, Poona Bayabao, Lanao del Sur buy goods from the rolling store initiated by the Lanao del Sur Police Provincial Office. (LDS PPO)

LDSPPO chief PCol. Madzgani Mukaram said this initiative aims to ensure that residents have access to basic food and commodities following the suggested retail price of the Department of Trade and Industry.
“Sa tulong ng mga rolling store, hindi na kailangan pumunta sa palengke ng mga residente para bumili ng pangangailangan nila dahil iikot ito bawat barangay,” said Mukaram.
[The residents no longer need to go out to the markets since the rolling stores will visit every barangay.]
They started deploying rolling stores in Bayang, Buadipuso Buntong, and Poona Bayabao, Lanao del Sur.
Meanwhile, residents of Balindong, Madalum and Sultan Dumalundong, Lanao del Sur can buy goods from the rolling store of the 103rd Infantry Brigade.
Brigade commander Colonel Jose Maria Cuerpo II said they launched the project “to help the [local governments of] the province and Marawi city in providing the basic necessities and food to their constituents amid the COVID-19 crisis”.

The 103rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army starts deploying rolling store in Barangay Dilausan, Balindong, Lanao del Sur. (Photo by 103rd Infantry Brigade)

Cuerpo said it is the way the security forces extend help, by providing access to market and food “to ease up the burden of the local government units and the residents.”
The rolling stores sell rice, sardines, noodles, pancit canton, coffee, among others. (LELA/PIA ICIC)