Relief goods arrived from Armm-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Monday, September 16, 2013
THE Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) has sent additional relief assistance for the thousands of people in Zamboanga City displaced by the standoff that entered the seventh day Sunday.
The standoff started Monday when hundreds of “Misuari-faction” of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels infiltrated the city.
Armm Governor Mujiv Hataman said the three truckloads of relief goods arrived Sunday evening from Cotabato City, where the seat of the Armm is located.
Hataman said the relief goods consists of food packs, hygiene kits, blankets, buckets, cooking utensils, mats, and boxes of medicines.
Hataman said the relief goods will be distributed in coordination with the local Crisis Management Committee (CMC) chaired by Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar.
“We cannot just stand idle and watch. We will help,” Hataman said, stressing “the autonomous region and Zamboanga City are like brothers.”
The City Government of Zamboanga is a pivot area since almost all of the resources of the Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi areas are coming from this city, Hataman said.
The relief goods that arrived in Zamboanga City on Sunday evening were the second batch of assistance province by the Armm to the thousands of people displaced by the standoff.
Department of Social Welfare and Development records showed that 62,329 people were displaced by the ongoing standoff.