LGU, Army distributes
600 food packs to indigent families in Leyte
By 19th Infantry Battalion, 8ID PA
KANANGA, Leyte – The
Army’s 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion and 82nd CMO (Busilak)
Company in coordination with the provincial government dispensed today
a total of 600 food packs to three barangays in Leyte.
The activity benefited
some 600 indigent families in barangays Mahawan of Kananga, Tinaguban
of Carigara and Tabangohay of Alang-alang through a simultaneous gift
giving and feeding dubbed as Pamaskong Handog 2011.
According to First Lt.
Philip James Hocson, Civil-Military Operation Officer of 19th IB, the
Pamaskong Handog 2011 is a joint initiative which aimed to alleviate
the condition of indigents and revitalize the Filipino’s tradition
during yuletide season. Priorities of the said activity were indigents
residing in remote barangays.
Receiving food packs
and warm arroz caldo distributed by soldiers is not a common scenario
in Brgy. Mahawan of Kananga, Leyte. But for the constituents of Brgys.
Tinaguban in Carigara and Tabangohay in Alang-alang, gift-giving is an
ordinary venture rendered by the soldiers.
It can be recalled
that 19th IB in coordination with the Kiwanis Foundation International
(KFI) handed out school supplies (notebooks, paper, pens, pencils and
sharpeners) to one hundred thirty-three (133) pre-elementary and
elementary pupils of Brgy. Tabangohay on September 28. Likewise, three
boxes of assorted medicines were dispatched for Brgy. Tinaguban during
the launching of the Army-led Pamaskong Handog 2011.
Lt. Col. Cabugon,
Commanding Officer of 19th IB expressed his gratitude for the support
extended by the provincial government of Leyte who co-sponsored the
“We are grateful to
Gov. Petilla for granting us our request. These goods may only feed
the recipients for one day but the good action extended by the local
government will always be remembered”, Cabugon said.