MARAWI CITY (PIA) — The Philippine Army provided assistance in transporting some 251 Mindanao State University (MSU) students who were stranded in their dormitories with the implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Lanao del Sur due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat.
The 82nd Infantry Battalion (IB) together with 55th IB, 49th IB, and 12th Civil-Military Operations Battalion, all under 103rd Infantry “Haribon” Brigade, deployed military trucks to ferry the stranded students back to their homes in 25 municipalities of the province.
Part of the ECQ that was implemented on March 17 to April 14, 2020, and was extended until April 30, is the suspension of public transportation to restrict the movement of people and to curb the spread of the disease.
Through the collaborative efforts of the Haribon Brigade, MSU, Lanao del Sur Inter-Agency Task Force (LDS – IATF) for the Management of COVID-19, and the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur, the students are transported back to their communities.
Lt. Charles Leiand Regala, Civil-Military Operations Officer of 82nd IB, said that there are still 654 remaining stranded students in MSU who will be transported outside Lanao del Sur in the coming days.
“The authorities already made coordination with the adjacent provinces to finalize the arrangements and requirements for the next transportation assistance,” said Regala.
MSU also deployed its university buses to assist the transport of the students. The university recently sent off some of its stranded students to Maguindanao and Zamboanga del Norte.
Meanwhile, the army continues to provide manpower and security assistance during the relief distribution of the provincial government. (LELA/PIA ICIC)