By Bonita Ermac
ILIGAN CITY – Some 251 students from the main campus of Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City, who were stranded in their dormitories with the implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Lanao del Sur due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat, were finally sent home Friday, April 24.
The military’s 82nd Infantry Battalion (IB) together with 55th IB, 49th IB, and 12th Civil-Military Operations Battalion, all under 103rd Infantry “Haribon” Brigade, deployed military trucks to ferry the stranded students back to their homes in 25 municipalities of the province.
This was made possible through the efforts of the Haribon Brigade, MSU, Lanao del Sur Inter-Agency Task Force (LDS – IATF) for the Management of COVID-19, and the provincial government of Lanao del Sur.
Lieutenant Charles Leiand Regala, Civil-Military Operations Officer of 82nd IB, said that there were still 654 remaining stranded students in MSU who will be transported outside Lanao del Sur in the coming days.
“The authorities already made coordination with the adjacent provinces to finalize the arrangements and requirements for the next transportation assistance,” said Regala.
MSU-Main Campus also deployed its university buses to assist the transport of the students.
The university recently sent off some of its stranded students to Maguindanao and Zamboanga del Norte.