Del Pilar, Piñan Zamboanga del Norte – The 97th Infantry “Kalasaglahi” Battalion (97IB) and the 1st Civil Military Operations Battalion (1CMOBn) of the Philippine Army in partnership with the Kiwanis International, React Philippines and Local Government Unit (LGU) of Dapitan City conducted community sharing to the residents of the Island Barangay of Selinog in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte last Easter Sunday 03 April 2021.
The community sharing started with teams from Kiwanis International represented by Ms. Merlyn Maños, REACT Philippines represented by Dra. Rashmilla M. Cosain and the Army’s 97IB and 1CMOBn conducting psycho-social activities and feeding. A total of 180 children also received school supplies, hygiene kits, sanitization kits, a pair of slippers, face shields, face masks and toys. The LGU of Dapitan, represented by City Councilor Angelica J. Carreon, and the Army distributed packs of rice for 172 households of the Island.
In a statement Felix B. Tuballa, Barangay Chairman of Selinog, gave thanks to the volunteers who came from different parts of Mindanao just to share in their Barangay even during the Holy Week.
“Nakita man sad ninyo ang dakong kalipay nga gibati sa akong katawhan diri sa amoang barangay nga inyong nahatag, hilabi na sa amoang mga kabataan. Nakasiguro ko nga dili ug dili jud ni nila makalimtan nga bisag lisod ang kinabuhi namo diri sa isla, naa ra gihapo’y mga tawo nga andam mo-sakripisyo para mohatag og dakong tabang dinhi kanamo”, Tuballa said during his message.
Lieutenant Colonel Manaros M Boransing II, Commanding Officer of 97IB, thanked the volunteers and donors from Kiwanis International, REACT Philippines, friends of 97IB, and the LGU of Dapitan City and Selinog Island for the community sharing they did for the residents of Selinog Island.
He added that the Christian’s Holy Week is a time for reflection and hope amidst the challenges brought about by the pandemic and the volunteers and donors who have shared with Selinog Island come from different faiths and backgrounds- Christians, Muslims and other religions; Subanens, Bisayas, Tagalogs, Ilocanos and others; teachers, media, government workers, private business people – all have collaborated and gathered to share with the community of Selinog Island.