By Claire R. Gigje
MARAWI CITY, May 26–As part of the observance of the week-long Marawi Week of Peace and the continuous battle against the coronavirus disease (COVID) – 19, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) together with the Department of Health (DOH) distributed universal health care kits to internally displaced persons (IDPs) at Bahay Pag-asa – Phase 2, a transitory shelter in Brgy. Mipaga, Sunday, May 23.
PCOO Director Ma. Florinda Princess Duque shared that the initiative was to extend awareness to the people in distant places about the government’s programs and efforts, especially with regards to this time’s health crisis.
“Talagang pumupunta kami sa mga barangay para ipahiwatig kung ano po ba talaga iyong ang mga ginagawang nating programa lalong lalo na nilalabanan natin ang COVID-19 na pandemyang ito… Maraming programa si President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at nais naming ibahagi iyon sa inyo, ishare sa inyo kasi para sa inyo ang programa ni President Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” she said.
[We really go to barangays to explain what really are the programs we push especially now that we are fighting against this COVID-19 pandemic… President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has lots of programs and we want this to share with you because the programs of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte are all for you.]
PCOO Asec. Jusan Vincent Arcena then stressed that what the office is doing through its Laging Handa program is an intensified information education campaign that every Filipino needs.
“Hanggang sa mga kanayunan, hanggang sa mga liblib na lugar ay dinadayo po ng PCOO at gumagawa kami ng mga information education campaign materials para iparating sa lahat ng ating kababayan ang mga dapat nilang malamang mga impormasyon, mga vital, relevant at importante po sa inyong pagdedesisyon,” he emphasized.
[PCOO visits the countryside, the remote areas and we make information and education campaign materials to convey to all of our fellowmen the information that they need to know, those that are vital, relevant and important in their decision-making.]
Inside the universal health care kit were a shirt, mug, notebook and IEC materials. Further, Laging Handa calendars were also given to extend knowledge to the receivers on the proper precautions whenever they are in an emergency situation and the proper way of wearing a face mask.
Meanwhile, beneficiaries of the kits conveyed their gratitude for the conducted community extension.
“Maraming salamat sa kanila kasi hanggang nandito kami, nandito rin sila. Hindi natatapos ang pamimigay nila sa amin. Kahit paano naiibsan ang aming nararamdaman sa ground zero,” Almira Ali Racman, a resident at Bahay Pag-asa – Phase 2, emotionally expressed.
According to them, the effort only proves that the government never forgets about them.
“Maganda po ito kasi nasa puso niyo pa po kami… Tuloy-tuloy po [ang tulong ng gobyerno],” stated Linang Macaumbos, a resident of the visited transitory shelter.
[This is wonderful because we are still in your hearts… [The help from the government is] still continuous.]
The distribution of healthcare kits to the IDPs in Brgy. Mipaga was also joined by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) – Social Healing and Peace (SHAPE) Department Director Vanessa Pallarco, 12th Civil-Military Operations (CMO) Commanding Officer LTC David Taqueban, and 55th Engineer Brigade Civil-Military Operations (CMO) Officer Lt. Keeley Joy Betino.
The Army Engineers also facilitated the transport of the kits from Laguindingan Airport to the distribution venue. Philippine Information Agency