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Army, LGUs join hands to help IDPs in Alamada, Cotabato

Koronadal City (26 February) -- The provincial government of Cotabato together with the Philippine Army unit continue to reach out to residents in far flung areas especially those directly affected by the attacks of the rouge elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

A joint medical and dental mission of military doctors and their civilian counterparts from the LGU Alamada joined hands to reach out to residents of Barangay Dado, Alamada, Cotabato last February 22, 2009. This was relayed to the Philippine Information Agency by 1Lt Glenn J. Tabamo, Public Information Officer of the 68th Infantry (Kaagapay) Battalion based in Midsayap, Cotabato.

The activity was a joint undertaking of the 68th Infantry (Kaagapay) Battaliion under the leadership of LTC Glenn R. Flores and Alamada mayor Ernesto M. Conception, the Civil Affairs Team 724 of the US Army under Capt Tyler Oliver and was attended by no less than Cotabato governor Jesus Sacdalan and 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division commander MGen Alfredo S. Cayton Jr.

During the activity, the World Food Program also distributed rice and goods to the IDPs of barangay Dado, Alamada, Cotabato.

In the whole day event, 812 individuals have availed of the free services such as medical check-up, tooth extractions, circumcisions and distribution of medicines and medicines.

"This kind of undertakings of the LGU, the Philippine Army, the U.S. Army together with other government line agencies is a clear manifestation that the people particularly those affected by the attacks of the rouge MILF groups are not alone in their situation.

The government is seriously reaching out to extend assistance in every way. The AFP s role is not only purely combat but also to assist rehabilitate lives of local residents and restore peace and order in every locality disturbed by lawlessness," 6th ID Comanding General Cayton, Jr. said. (ac agad PIA 12) [top]

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