PMA conducts community pantry and relief operations, distributes ‘Boxes of Hope’ in Benguet

Photo courtesy of PMA

Several citizens of Northern Luzon provinces were recently flooded by Typhoon “Maring,” and several parts of Benguet, notably Ambassador and Tublay, were rendered impassable owing to persistent heavy rains that created landslides.

After the devastation of Super Typhoon “Maring” and the current challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the less fortunate found it even more difficult to provide for their families’ basic requirements. Hopelessness became a permanent state of mind as a result.

The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) held community pantry and relief operations in Brgy. Ambassador, Tublay, Benguet on October 17, 2021, to assist villagers who had been impacted by Typhoon “Maring.”

The PMA Team was led by the Assistant Superintendent, PMA, COMMO Roger P. ViduyaI PN. It was also attended by the Assistant Chief of Academy Staff for CMO, MA7, LTC Jonel G. Martinez; Chief, PAO and DEPUTY, MA7, 1LT Christine Mae N. Calima PAF and a representative from Headquarters Tactics Group, CPT Mark Lester A. Pulay PA, Charlie Company, Tactical Officer and Operations Officer of Department of Tactical Officers and some other PMA personnel; selected cadets from the Social Responsibility Committee, Civil-Military Operations Council led by CADET Lind Howell S. Peroy, and the First Battalion, led by CADET 1CL Dirk C. Davalan CCAFP, Regimental Commander.

The said PMA personnel and cadets went to the barangay to give the slippers and relief packs personally. Printer and bond papers were also turned over to the Brgy. Captain Sison S Balawen of Brgy. Ambassador, Tublay, Benguet.

Furthermore, the PMA is humane in its efforts to assist residents of Brgy. Ambassador, Tublay, Benguet, in finding hope despite their circumstances. In this context, the “Box of Hope” project was implemented to meet basic necessities and assist residents in their recuperation. The project in concern may appear to be a simple gift for the affluent, yet it might provide hope to people who are in need.

The PMA officials and Cadets hope that these hope boxes will boost the spirit of the residents of the abovementioned barangay and show them that there is still reason to be hopeful in life. A face shield, face masks, toys, and additional sanitation and hygiene items are included with each package. The Cadets’ handwritten letters are also contained within the box.

During the event, Hon. Armando I. Lauro, Mayor of Tublay, Benguet, was also present. He extended his gratitude to PMA, which is led by LTGEN Ferdinand M. Cartujano PAF, the Superintendent of PMA.

The PMA personnel and cadets are hoping that those affected by the typhoon would recover quickly. Furthermore, they hope that by this simple effort, they were able to show their concern to the public in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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