GMA Kapuso Foundation, Army OPERATION BAYANIHAN aid TS Auring hit Surigao Sur

Lianga, Surigao Del Sur (SDS) – GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF), Inc. and the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn) recently concluded week-long relief operations to 7 barangays hit by Tropical Storm Auring in the municipalities of Lianga, Cagwait, San Agustin, and Marihatag from March 03 and ended on March 09.

About 2,000 beneficiaries came from barangays of St. Christine, Ban-as, and Ganayon of Lianga; Tubo-tubo and Arangasa Island of Cagwait; San Isidro of Marihatag; and Pongtod of San Agustin. Relief pack includes assorted canned goods, packs of rice and noodles.

“The goods from Manila were transported by the Philippine Coast Guard by sea and the 3rd Special Forces Battalion’s line companies ensured the safe delivery to the affected barangays in Surigao Del Sur. We thank them for their assistance and quick response to deliver the goods as fast as possible,” Maria Christina Dungca, head of Kapuso Foundation team in CARAGA.

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Benedict Harvey L Gernale INF GSC PA, 3SFBn Commanding Officer, said that the unit is always ready to perform its duty especially when it concerns aid to anyone affected by calamities and natural disasters.

“Amid pandemic, natural and man-made calamities and disasters, many people count on us because this is part of our sworn duty to serve the people,” LTC Gernale, said.

“We thank the GMA Kapuso Foundation and the respective Local Chief Executives MDRRMOs and MSWDOs of the municipalities within the area of operations for participating in GMA Kapuso Operation Bayanihan which exemplifies true Filipino Resilience through Government and Non-government agencies’ partnership to help our affected kababayans,” LTC Gernale, added.

Meanwhile, last TD Vicky, GMAKF also launched similar relief operations while strictly following COVID-19 health protocols and is set to implement more possible development programs and projects such as building of schools and bridges within geographically isolated and disadvantaged communities in CARAGA.

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