SEVENTY-ONE children from displaced families in Marawi City have undergone series of psycho-social exercise, a military official said.
Colonel Tom Sedano, Joint Task Group Tabang commander, said in a statement that the beneficiaries of the exercise were children aged three to 12 who are temporarily housed at the Lanao del Sur Capitol Evacuation Center.
The series of activities was held on Monday, July 31, at the Lanao del Sur Provincial Social Hall in Marawi City.
The activities were organized by a United States alumni association and supported by the Provincial Department of Social Welfare and Development Office and the military for the benefit of child refugees.
The activities, which are a combination of fun games, art work, socialization, and entertainment were conducted to address the stress experienced by the children affected by the conflict in Marawi City.
Personnel of the Joint Task Groups Ranao and Tabang were among those who mingled and played with the children.
“Despite the language gap, beneficiaries were noticed genuinely laughing and enjoying the series of activities and the interactions,” Sedano said.
Sedano said that most of the instructions were done through sign language “so that the kids will be able to understand the mechanics of the activity.”
The program is expected to help the children from evacuation centers cope up with their current situation and divert their attention from the stressful environment to a fun and enjoyable situation even for a short period of time.
Brigadier General Ramiro Rey, Joint Task Group Ranao commander, said that they want to take part in the initiatives of the government and concerned stakeholders in assuring the protection and welfare of the civilians who are caught in the crossfire. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)