ILIGAN CITY ----- Some 251 students of Mindanao State University (MSU) Main Campus in Marawi City were rescued by the Philippine Army on Friday (April 24) and transported to their respective home in Lanao del Sur.
These students were stranded at their dormitories inside the university campus when the enhanced community quarantine was implemented in the province on March 17 and then extended to April 30.
Military trucks of the 82nd Infantry Battalion (IB), 55th IB, 49th IB and the 12th Civil Military Operations Battalion, all under 103rd Infantry “Haribon” Brigade, were deployed to ferry the students back to their homes in 25 municipalities of Lanao del Sur.
The transport of the students back home was carried out in collaboration with the Lanao del Sur Inter-Agency Task Force (LDS - IATF) for the Management of COVID-19, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur, the university management and the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade.
Lt. Charles Leiand Regala, Civil-Military Operations Officer of 82nd IB, said there are still some 654 remaining stranded students in MSU who will be transported outside Lanao del Sur in the coming days.
“The authorities have already coordinated with the adjacent provinces to finalize the arrangements and requirements for the next transportation assistance,” said Regala.
The university recently sent off some of its stranded students to Maguindanao and Zamboanga del Norte.
MSU deployed its university buses to assist the transport of the students.
Meanwhile, the army continues to provide manpower and security assistance during the relief distribution of the Lanao del Sur provincial government.
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