By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – The government has continued to reach out to conflict-affected Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities by providing them food packs to make sure that no highland tribe member is left behind during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic crisis.
The distribution of food packs on Tuesday was conducted in highland communities, particularly for the Manobo tribe in Sitio Simuwao (Kilometer 9), Diatagon, Lianga town and Sitio Lucnodon, Mahaba of Marihatag town, all of Surigao del Sur province.
“Our 200 IPs were very much happy upon receiving the foods and their other needs in this time of pandemic crisis,” said1st Lt. Krisjuper Andreo J. Punsalan, Civil Military Operations (CMO) officer of the Army’s Third Special Forces Battalion (3rd SFBn).
He said the humanitarian effort was conducted by the 3rd SFBn, officials of Lianga and Marihatag towns, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).