Urban poor joins PCUP caravan in Tawi-Tawi

BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi—Hundreds of residents joined the recent two-day mini caravan spearheaded by the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor Field Operations Division for Mindanao (PCUP-FODM) in the municipal capitol of Bongao and Panglima Sugala town in Tawi-Tawi province.

PCUP-FODM personnel led by Atty. Ferdinand Iman distributed food packs donated by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) and hygiene kits from Procter and Gamble (P&G) Philippines on the first day to 410 beneficiaries from Barangay Sanga-Sanga.

This was followed by another distribution of goods to 257 residents of Barangay Magsaggaw in Panglima Sugala where the PCUP was assisted by the Second Marine Brigade, Marine Battalion landing Team-1 and Philippine Navy under Brig. Gen. Romeo Racadio and Maj. Rick L. Ganuelas and municipal personnel led by Panglima Sugala vice mayor Dayang Sahali.

Aside from distributing food packs and hygiene kits, beneficiaries of the two mini caravans were also given access to free medical and dental services as well as other activities such as free circumcision and provision of medicine and vitamins, eyeglasses and slippers.

Iman added that the beneficiaries were provided access to registration for the national identification card and free consultation and orientation to programs of participating government agencies aside from being given coffee and cacao seedlings, vegetable seeds and fishing tools.

Among those who joined the PCUP mini-caravans were the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao’s Ministry of Social Services and Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Fisheries and Agrarian Reform, Integrated Provincial Health Office, Regional Health Unit of Panglima Sugala, Philippine Statistics Authority, Philippine Navy, 2nd Marine Brigade, MCKS Caring Heart Foundation, Dr. Lagaret Dermatology Clinic, MBHTE-Tawi-Tawi, Alliance of Local Mediators of Tawi-Tawi and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Panglima Sugala.

According to PCUP Commissioner for Mindanao Remedios Chan, similar projects will be continued under her leadership and the urban poor in her jurisdiction will expect policies that would bring them closer to concerned agencies so they will have easier accessibility to the much needed public service that is being provided by the local and national government. -30-