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4Mech, LGU distribute relief assistance to MILF communities

ILIGAN CITY (PIA) — The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the 4th Mechanized Infantry (Kalasag) Battalion and in coordination with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Munai turned over relief assistance to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) communities in Munai on Saturday, April 04.


Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Commissioner Abdullah “Bravo” Macapaar received the sacks of rice and financial assistance at Camp Bilal, KuraKura while the MILF community under Aleem Anzari Murrad also received the same in Brgy Bacayawan.


The assistance aims to provide food and means to procure medicines and other supplies needed by the MILF communities while the provincial government implements the Enhanced Community Quarantine enforcing strict observance of home quarantine and limiting people’s movement.


In his message, Macapaar sincerely thanked the government for extending assistance to their communities. “Makakarating po ito sa sinong may kailangan…Hindi lang ito sa mga military natin, yung iba pang may kailangan sa community, Muslim man o Christian,” he said.


Murrad also expressed his gratitude to the government for looking after the welfare of MILF communities. “Konti man o malaki ang maibigay ngayon, talagang maraming salamat. Tinatanggap namin yan dahil yung maliit ay magiging malaking tulong (malaki),” he said.


With the government’s peace agreement with MILF going stronger, convergence activities for peace and development in their community continue. These activities aim to build stronger partnerships and foundation for sustainable peace not only in the province of Lanao del Norte but a great part of Mindanao. 


“No one will be left behind. Wala pong maiiwan sa labang ito kontra COVID-19. This is the very essence that Governor Dimaporo included the MILF communities outside BARMM in the relief activities of the province,” said Ltc Domingo G Dulay Jr., commanding officer of the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion.


Vice Mayor Abdulazis Batingolo, municipal councilors of Munai, Musa Mohammad Sanguila of Pakigdait Inc.,and Munai PNP Chief of Police PCpt Mohaimen Abdulpakat were also present during the distribution.


“In this time of public health emergency, the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion will continue to support the LGU in its effort to provide aid to communities affected by COVID-19 crisis but without compromising its mandate of providing security to the people against threat groups that may take advantage of the situation,” added Dulay. (4thMech/PIA ICIC)

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