Armm holds relief mission amid Zambo standoff-A A +A
Thursday, September 19, 2013
THE Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) conducted Thursday a relief mission in Zamboanga City where a standoff between government forces and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is ongoing.
Armm-Bureau of Public Information Executive Director Amir Mawallil said that so far, 250 families at Sitio Logoy Grande in the village of Talon-Talon benefitted from the relief mission.
Mawallil said among the relief goods they distributed were food packs, hygiene kits, and protection kits such as thermal blankets and mosquito nets.
The group also provided free medical services (i.e. medical checkup and immunization), as well as prescriptions to affected individuals. It also conducted psychosocial activity to help over a hundred children, said Mawallil.
The team that conducted the relief mission was headed by Department of Social Welfare and Development in Armm Assistant Secretary for Operations Bai Rahima Alba Datumanong and Department of Health in Armm Assistant Secretary Dayang Carlsum Jumaide.
The team includes a team of 20 physicians and nurses headed by Integrated Provincial Health Office in Lanao del Sur chief Dr. Alinader Minalang.
Earlier, Armm headed by Governor Mujiv Hataman sent three-truck loads of relief goods for the thousands of evacuees displaced by the standoff.
The crisis started last September 9 when troops blocked hundreds of rebels loyal to MNLF founding-chair Nur Misuari who infiltrated Zamboanga City supposedly to hoist their flag at the City Hall to declare independence. (Bong Garcia)