ILIGAN CITY/MINDANAO HOUR, June 19 (PIA) – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has provided P5.5 million-worth of aid for the affected individuals in the ongoing crisis in Marawi City.
In a statement, PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan said he would help the families and soldiers affected by the firefight by giving them relief and medical assistance.
Task Group Emergency Preparedness and Response (TGEPR), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Department of Health (DOH) and National Incident Management Team (NIMT) accepted the donations on June 18, 2017 in a simple turnover ceremony at the PCSO Branch in Iligan City.
According to MGen Balutan, the donated medicines will be distributed to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in evacuation camps through the cluster of health with support from the NIMT.
Balutan has directed the Iligan branch to extend help for families and soldiers affected by the clash in case they will ask for help.
He also issued a memorandum addressed to all PCSO employees nationwide, including Small Town Lottery Authorized Agent Corporations (AACs) directing them to observe and participate in the implementation of security measures in Mindanao.
Helping one another in crisis, ‘Doctor to the Barrio’ and Rural Health Physician Charles Marquez expressed his gratitude to a village chief in Iligan City and the emergency management team of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (ICDRRMO) for the help extended in hauling the medicines intended for the Marawi crisis.
Meanwhile, NIMT Marawi Response thanked the responders from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for the assistance and advised them to always prioritize their safety and the general public.
MMDA also sent five units of solar-powered water purifier to be utilized for the expanded water rationing operations for the IDPs at Evacuation Camps (ECs).
DOH administered the water testing in said evacuation camps.
The NIMT targets to deliver potable water to all identified ECs thru its expanded water rationing operations with support from the Bureau of Fire Protection.
On the other hand, the NIMT will be expecting the arrival of contingent from Cagayan de Oro City and the Bureau of Fire Protection on June 19. (EOR/PIA)