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Marawi mayor's mobile kitchen serves 420 IDPs


The Mobile Kitchen Project, initiated by Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra of Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, benefited about 420 internally displaced persons who are temporarily sheltered in an evacuation center in the town of Saguiran, 10:30 this morning.

The 3rd wave of the project, dubbed as the “Food for Peace,” was held in Barangay Bubong, with soldiers doing the cooking, preparation, and distribution of the hot meals to the evacuees.

The activity was specifically intended to assist families affected by the strife in the besieged city of Marawi.

Also launched during the day are other humanitarian programs, in collaboration with the Joint Task Group Tabang and the different stakeholders.

Government forces facilitated parlor games for kids and film viewing to 150 children from the said evacuation center.

“The armed forces established medical stations in all evacuation centers to attend to the needs of the evacuees,” said Colonel Thomas Sedano of the JTG Tabang.

“Hitherto, we are pushing for the prioritization of more humanitarian efforts to facilitate their (evacuees’) emotional recovery,” added Colonel Sedano.

“Female soldiers were also deployed to specifically address the concerns of the female evacuees, the elderly, and the children,” he added.

Meanwhile, soldiers of JTG Tabang also facilitated the conduct of an agro-farming seminar in partnership with Go-Negosyo under JingayHontiveros that benefited 141 farmers, who are also evacuees.

The farmers will soon be developing a vegetable farm in Barangay Abaga, Balo-i, Lanao del Sur to practice the knowledge and to eventually help them establish new means of sustenance.

“We are prioritizing humanitarian efforts for the sake of those who were affected by this crisis,” said Lieutenant General Carlito G Galvez, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

“Soldiers will be deployed specifically for this purpose: to make sure that people in the evacuation centers be looked after, taken care of and listened to,” added Lieutenant General Galvez. #END#

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