Army assists stranded UP students, back home in SurSur

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May 9, 2020

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BISLIG City, Surigao del Sur-Camp Jaime N Ferrer Sr, Brgy Maharlika--The 75th Infantry “Marauder” Battalion assisted the Office of the President - Presidential Management Staff (OP-PMS) Caraga Region during the turn-over of the stranded students from the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao to their respective hometown in Lingig and Bislig City, Surigao del Sur on May 06, 2020.

Ms. Leigh Blanche Joville and Mr. Quincy Feliscuzo are students from the UP Mindanao who got stranded in Davao City and have stayed at Elias B. Lopez Dormitory of the said university since the implementation of lockdown.

Proper coordination to the Local Government Units (LGUs), Philippine Army and Philippine National Police (PNP) was acted upon through OP-PMS Caraga for the transportation needed much more for the local task force guidelines that the said students will have to be quarantined.

Further, the students have not been listed as Person Under Monitoring (PUM) or Person Under Investigation (PUI) of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) as they had been checked under the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) in Davao City. However, they will still follow the protocol of undergoing the 14-day quarantine to ensure the well-being of the people around them and as a protective measure. It is always better to be more cautious about the disease for the sake of everyone’s health.

The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Lingig, SDS accompanied Ms. Joville’s mother while waiting for the arrival of Ms. Joville together with the personnel of Municipal Police Station, Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Municipal Health Officer (MHO). Likewise, Mr. Feliscuzo’s mother was also assisted by the troops of 75IB and waited at the City Health Office (CHO) in Mangagoy, Bislig City, until they’ve met with his son.

Honorable Roberto Luna Jr, Mayor of Lingig, expressed his gratitude to 75IB and OP-PMS for the assistance and security provided during the transportation and turned-over of Ms. Joville to her guardian.

Moreover, the MHO of Lingig further advised Ms. Joville regarding precautionary measures and other protocols as she would still undergo a 14-day quarantine period. In the same way, Mr. Feliscuzo would then undergo the same process as advised by the staff of CHO, Bislig City.

Ms. Joville’s Aunt and Mr. Feliscuzo’s mother were thankful for the assistance the 75IB and the OP-PMS provided for their son and daughter to transport them back in their respective hometown.

“Nagpasalamat gyud ko ug dako sa Philippine Army ug sa Office of the President sa tabang na ilang gihatag sa amo. Masaligan gyud mo sa karon nga sitwasyon. Daghang salamat kaninyo.” Mr. Feliscuzo’s mother said.

Hence, Lieutenant Colonel Warren C. Munda, Commanding Officer of 75IB said. "It's not just you need to help, but you have to because serving the people is one of the purpose why we are here in the Philippine Army. To serve the people across the land." Lt. Col. Munda ended.

The Philippine Army will always there to assist the people and community in whatever circumstances the country is facing. May it epidemic, endemic, and even pandemic, the Philippine Army will always provide assistance and security to ensure the safety of the Filipino people and its community. (PR)


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