More or less 200 families from Barangay Sinubong in Zamboanga City benefited from an outreach program performed by military troops and other civilian volunteers on Tuesday (August 10, 2021).
The outreach program at Mt. View Sinubong Elementary School was facilitated by the Western Mindanao Command’s Office of the Assistant Chief of Unified Command Staff for Civil-Military Operations, in collaboration with the 4th Civil Relations Group, Joint Task Force Zamboanga, and Sinubong barangay officials.
“Your presence is a manifestation of your support to the less fortunate. We are very happy about that. My heart is filled with gratitude, with happiness because you chose Mt. View to help the community. Thank you for making our learners and their parents who are the ultimate beneficiaries of this activity happy,” said Ms. Raponzel Manalo, School Head of Mt. View Sinubong Elementary School.
The activity, dubbed “Tulong Bayanihan para sa Katauhan,” aimed to boost morale and ensure the public’s well-being in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the event, the crew gave 200 hygiene kits and food packs to Sinubong villagers, as well as providing medical services. In addition, 59 residents had their eyes examined and received free spectacles, while 50 others received a new haircut.
Chairman Enricleto Casepe of Barangay Sinubong expressed his gratitude to all facilitators for selecting his constituents as recipients of the outreach program in a brief statement.
Meanwhile, Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., through Joint Task Force Zamboanga Commander Col. Randolph Rojas, stated the military is here to serve and help the people, not just battle terrorists.
“We are here to lend our helping hand to the needy. This is also our little way of expressing our gratitude to all the peace-loving people who genuinely support us in our campaign against terrorism and lawlessness,” Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. said in the message read by Col. Rojas.
“Rest assured that the armed forces will remain steadfast in sustaining the peace in your community,” the commander addressed the residents of Sinubong.
The successful conduct of the outreach program was made possible through the support provided by the Junior Chamber International (JCI), Zamboanga City El Animo Eagles Club, Zamboanga City Peacemakers Eagles Club, Zamboanga City Medical Center, Department of Health-Region 9, Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council IX, City Health Office, Languyan Mining Corporation, Department of Social Welfare and Development IX, Office of Civil Defense 9, Zamboanga City Interagency Task Force, Crystal Vision Optical, SOPHIL, YL Fishing, and other participating agencies.
As part of its civil-military operations, the Western Mindanao Command conducts outreach initiatives on a regular basis in order to reach out to ordinary communities and gain their trust.