Tacurong City brought goodwill in the form of relief services and goods to earthquake-stricken communities in Kidapawan City for the second leg of its outreach program in North Cotabato.
Donations continued to pour in through the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Center (CDRRMC) and so on November 15, City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla, together with Vice Mayor Lino O. Montilla and Councilor Lalaine Montilla, led a convoy of LGU personnel, doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, policemen, military personnel, rescuers, and many more volunteers to the Lapan Elementary School evacuation center in Barangay Perez, Kidapawan City, one of the barangays hit hard by the earthquakes, to conduct an outreach program.
Almost 400 families from Purok Lapan, Purok Forever, and Purok Centro were able to avail of free medical, dental, and psychoanalysis services. They were also given free medicines and offered free haircut.
The delegation also brought a duo of clowns who facilitated parlor games and magic tricks to the delight of the children. Toys, loads of snacks and candies, and even a small amount of cash were given to the children as prizes.
The relief goods consisting of food packs, blankets, clothes, dried fish, bagoong, laundry detergents, trapal, sanitary napkins, and even tennis balls were provided to each family of the three puroks.
The outreach was made possible through the donations and hard work of various organizations, educational institutions, public and private sectors, and private individuals in Tacurong City, even those living abroad.
“Who would take care of us but we Mindanaoans. Kidapawan especially holds a special place in our hearts because we are neighbors. We hope that our aid will help ease your burdens even for a little,” Mayor Montilla said in his message to the evacuees.
Weeks after the calamity, Tacurong City still continues to be rained on with donations and thus will continue to facilitate relief operations in order to bring said goods to the proper recipients.