Soldiers, NGO distribute slippers, feed children in Maguindanao

Soldiers of 90th Infantry Battalion, 603rd Infantry Brigade and members of Taga Cotabato Ka Kung, Inc. initiated an outreach program benefiting 75 students in Maguindanao on March 4.

Lieutenant Colonel Crizaldo Fernandez, the 90IB Commanding Officer, and Cathleya Diocolano, the TCKK President, distributed slippers and fed students of Mompong Primary School in Datu Odin Sinsuat and in Barangay Kuden in Talitay, both in Maguindanao.

Military troops also discussed Anti-Violence against Women and Children, Child Protection Rights, and Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism with parents of the said beneficiaries and other participants.

“We will continue to support community-focused development programs benefiting the less fortunate children,” said Colonel Wilbur Mamawag, the 603rd Bde Officer-In-Charge.

“This was possible because we have a committed team of military personnel from the Joint Task Force Central, who devoted their time, talents, and resources to serve children from the most conflict-affected areas,” said Diocolano.

“Our outreach program prioritized the most vulnerable, so the people we are working with have the sensitivity to reach out to those who are affected by the conflict in the area,” said Major General Cirilito E. Sobejana, the JTF Central Commander.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, the commander of the Western Mindanao Command, said, “We continue to be involved in wide-ranging community programs that seek to help and guide children and other vulnerable sectors that may be influenced by the adverse effects of armed conflicts in the area.”

“We want to make them feel that they are not helpless and that there are those, including soldiers, who are willing to extend their helping hands,” he added.

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