To supply some of the basic needs of numerous locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who are waiting to be fetched by their respective local government units (LGUs), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)- Region 10, Philippine Councilors League (PCL) Regional Chapter and the Rotary Club of Kalayaan joined forces to support the LSIs in Northern Mindanao.
DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe expressed his gratitude to PCL Region 10 Chairperson George Gualberto S. Goking and Rotary Club of Kalayaan head Dale Lagonera for recently turning over food provision and 100 hygiene kits for the LSIs in support of the Department’s Humanitarian Assistance Project.
“We are grateful for the support of our partners and we thank them for heeding the call of the Department to be of service to our constituents by providing meal assistance and other immediate basic needs of the LSIs before they return to their respective home provinces,” Agabe said.
According to the DILG Regional Director, the PCL provided donated boxes of powdered milk and pledged financial assistance for the Humanitarian Assistance Project. Meanwhile, the Rotary Club gave away hygiene kits which contain toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and shampoo.
Both the PCL Region 10 and the Rotary Club of Kalayaan expressed their readiness to work with the Department in assisting the LSIs.
“I am glad that I was given a chance to assist the national government through the Humanitarian Assistance Project that was initiated by DILG 10. Rest assured that this partnership will go a long way,” Goking said.
For his part. Lagonera said, “I believe in the power of working together and I would like to thank the DILG for this opportunity and you can expect additional help from us.”
The LSIs of Northern Mindanao are temporarily housed at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) Gymnasium where they are assisted by partner agencies and their respective LGUs.