By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA 1
SAN FERNANDO CITY The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Ilocos (RDRRMC-1) has launched a relief drive to aid the soldiers and displaced residents in the war-torn Marawi.
The donation campaign dubbed as “Oplan Tulong Kapatid” was launched during the kick-off event for the observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month on Monday at the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Region 1.
Director Melchito M. Castro, the RDRRMC-1 chairperson and OCD-1 director, said an official communication has been sent to Council member-agencies to help in facilitating the donation drive.
He clarified that donations, which are voluntary in nature, can either be “in kind or in the form of cash.”
“I learned that our soldiers and displaced residents in Marawi City are in need of hygiene kits, clothing, and medicines and vitamins, thus what we can offer to our fellow Filipinos affected by the Marawi siege is very much appreciated,” Castro said.
“Through the small things that we can offer to our people in Marawi, we can be heroes in our little way,” he added.
The “Operation Tulong Kapatid” was formerly a program of the Department of Education (DepEd) that aimed to gather voluntary donations of school supplies for the poor but deserving students.
This time, the RDRRMC-1 revives the program now with an ultimate purpose to extend voluntary aid to the affected individuals in Marawi.
For those who want to give voluntary assistance, Castro said that they may coordinate directly with their office located at El Fabro Building, Pagdalagan, this city.#