Sunday, December 12, 2010

800 benefit from army humanitarian mission in Zamboanga

Photos released by the Philippine Army’s 55th Engineer Brigade show humanitarian workers during Saturday, December 11, 2010 outreach program held in the village of Vitali in Zamboanga City in Mindanao.

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Dec. 12, 2010) – Government troops held a humanitarian mission in the southern Filipino port city of Zamboanga benefiting hundreds of mostly poor villagers, officials said Sunday.

Officials said more than 800 people availed of free medical and dental services and they were also given relief goods in the village of Vitali, east of Zamboanga City.

The humanitarian mission held on Saturday was spearheaded by the Army’s 55th Engineer Brigade and teamed up with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the City Health Office and were also supported by the Delta Phi Epsilon Incorporated, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Pharmalex Incorporated, the Joint Special Operations Forces Task Force-Philippine, village leaders and the faculty members of the Vitali National High School.

The outreach program was requested by Maria Theresa Miranda, the school principal.

Major Alfonso Enriquez, of the 55th Engineer Brigade, said they also showed films, including videos of their mission and various accomplishments in the region, and videos and advocacies on how to prevent child abuse, prostitution and violence against women and children.

“The outreach program was designed to provide free medical and dental services, medicines and other humanitarian assistance especially to the needy and under privileged civilian populace in order to build strong relationships, maintain good rapports and to gain popular support in the said locality,” Enriquez said in a statement. (Mindanao Examiner)

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