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Soldiers Provide Support through Operation “Magpasaya”



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur—The soldiers from Task Force “Sagip” launched its Operation “Mapasaya” to alleviate the hardship being experienced by the evaucees in the province of Albay, Saturday, February 3.

The 9th Civil Military Operations (Kaagapay) Battalion as one of the frontrunners of the Task Force conceptualized the said program in partnership with the Team Albay Youth Organization (TAYO) to provide psychosocial support for the thousands of individuals taking shelter in the different evacuation centers.

These activities aim to boost the morale of the displaced residents and mitigate the possible effects of the ongoing disaster especially the children who have been in the evacuation centers for weeks. Through the different services such as feeding program, medical checkup, free haircut, and free massage, the soldiers actively partake in providing the victims the needed support. The said program also offers activities that promote awareness among individuals on how to respond in the situation like this. Through the film showing and distribution of information materials, the soldiers hope that this will contribute a lot in keeping everyone away from harm.

Meanwhile, the 9th Infantry (Spear) Division also lends additional manpower with the deployment of CAFGU “carpentry squads” for the construction of additional facilities in the evacuation centers. It can be recalled that among the concern in the temporary shelters are facilities citing the lack toilets, wherein an average of 200 people took turns in using one comfort room.

Maj. Gen. Jesus A. Manangquil Jr, Commander 9ID, said that the soldiers will not only participate in ensuring the safety and security of the affected Albayanos but also they will actively support the different government units and agencies in delivering basic services to include the much needed “psychosocial intervention” so that the burden being carried by affected families will be lessen.

Despite the significant decrease of volcanic activities, the Task Force “Sagip” once again reminded everyone to be watchful on the potential hazard being brought by the volcanic debris ejected from the crater. It is expected that the affected families will stay at the evacuation centers until the threat of Mt. Mayon to subside