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Marines, NGOs, GOs extend help to Pigcalagan pupils, parents

BANGSAMORO NEWS UPDATES • 12:45 PM Sat Sep 14, 2019
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Edwin O. Fernandez
The school children of Pigcalagan Elementary School and the Marines, NGOs and GO workers conduct outreach program for the needy..

PIGCALAGAN, Maguindanao – More than 500 pupils from Pigcalagan Elementary School in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao have benefitted from the outreach program conducted jointly by the 1st Marine Brigade, local government officials and non-government organizations recently.

The activity was held inside the school premises that also included parlor games, medical consultation and distribution of hygiene kits, dental kits, school supplies and a feeding program, according to Aileen Kesa Marie Usob Hualde, executive director of Women Organization of Rajah Mamalu Descendants (WORMD).

She said the activity was also in partnership with the local government of Sultan Kudarat, Philippine Dental Association- (PDA-Cotabato chapter), Board Member Sharifudin Mastura, Sultan Kudarat Mayor Shameem Mastura, Philippine Pharmacist Association and Department of Health in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOH-BARMM)

All the beneficiaries were school children and the community surrounding the school.

Marine health providers also attend to health needs of the pupils’ parents, according to Brig. Gen. Eugenio V. Hernandez, 1st Marine Brigade commander.

“We are ready to serve the needy in whatever way we can,” Hernandez said in the vernacular during the program.

Hernandez and Board Member Mastura vowed to support all activities that will provide the necessary assistance to far flung communities.

Hualde of WORMD lauded the Marines for inviting her group to the activity. “We are always ready to extend help when our services are needed,” she said.

As Indigenous Peoples (IP) organization, WORMD is not only serving and helping the IPs but other inhabitants in the locality.

WORMD is also promoting prevention of violence against women and prevention of violent extremism.

Hernandez said his unit is ready all the time to secure the community it is service and as part of social responsibility, the soldiers will get out of their way to lend a helping hand to the needy.

Even organizers agreed to conduct similar activity in other areas where people need medical assistance and other services. (

 

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