Military hosts civic activities near C-130 crash site

Photo courtesy of 11th Infantry "Alakdan" Division

The Joint Task Force – Sulu, local government units, and agencies worked together to assist individuals affected by the C-130 crash and to thank the Tausug Heroes in Sitio Amman, Brgy Bangkal, Patikul Sulu.

The civic action program “Nagpapasalamat at Nagpupugay” included the delivery of relief commodities for 83 families by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region IX, a haircut by Army and Air Force troops, and a medical check-up by the Patikul Rural Health Unit.

Military authorities included MGen William N Gonzales, JTF-Sulu and 11th Infantry Division Commander, Patikul Mayor Kabir Hayudini, DSWD Region IX Chief Hja Jamila Arasid, and BARMM Ministry of Public Order and Safety (MPOS) Director General Atty Al-rashid Balt attended the ceremony.

Earlier that day, a ground-breaking ceremony and the handing over of construction supplies to Ibrahim Muksan and Aggah Ahaddi, the owners of the two houses damaged in the crash, were held. BARMM MPOS purchased the materials with the help of the 35th Infantry Battalion and the 45th Infantry Battalion. The indicated battalions have been assigned by 1102nd Infantry Brigade Commander BGen Benjamin I. Batara Jr to provide manpower for the construction of the residence, which will be erected as soon as possible.

In an interview, Ahaddi expressed his gratitude to all of the offices that helped his family.

“We’ve received cash aids from the office of the President, the Governor, Patikul Mayor and the Philippine Air Force. Now, we have these materials from BARMM. The idea that the army insists on building the house for my family is beyond heartwarming,” Ahaddi said in the vernacular.

Likewise, MGen Gonzales expressed his own feelings towards the event.

“I am still disheartened by the fact that we have lost lives in the C-130 mishap. They shall never be forgotten but we cannot continue to live in sorrow. The memories we have of this incident should bind us to remain unified. Today, I see smiles from the residents of So Amman and in these smiles I see hope. This hope is what will help us rise up and come out stronger.”

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