July 13, 2017
By: Irma S. Boza
Iligan City- BRP Batac LCH 22 vessel through CDR Joseph “Jude “Sumpay, Commanding Officer arrived in the morning of July 13, 2017 loaded with relief goods from the Du30 Cabinet Spouses Association Inc., which left the Port of Cebu City.
Ms. Noorulhayat M. Alonto with husband Sec. Datu Hj Abul Khayr D. Alonto, MinDA Chairperson received the 2000 pails with each pail that contains cans of sardines, mosquito net, toiletries and blanket from CDR Sumpay through a simple turn over ceremony at Iligan Port Area.
The relief packs is intended for the 2000 families of the Marawi crisis evacuees who are now staying in different evacuation centers in Iligan City and other areas ni Lanao del Norte.
The donations came from the Visayas through the initiatives of Cebuano members of the Du30 Cabinet Spouses Association and the Mindanao Development Authority.
“These pails represent the heart of the Cebuanos.” Said Mrs. Alonto.
“Our brothers in Visayas are sharing with us on whatever they have collected, this also symbolizes how the Maranaos are accepted by our brothers in the Visayas and how the war has brought us together as one, under one flag.” Noorrulhayat added.
Mrs. Alonto extended her warm appreciation to Katherine Marie Uytengsu Dino wife of the Presidential Assistant of the Visayas, Mr. Michael Dino and everyone in the Central Command and the Philippine Navy who had extended their support and the delivery of relief packs.
Noorulhayat urges donors not only from the Visayas but anywhere in the Philippines to help them and donate whatever they can. “This is a continuing process and anything that the cabinet members can get their hands with, will be for these people, please don’t stop because this will take a while and no matter how many NGO’s that comes to us to offer their aid it will never be enough.” She added.
Sec. Datu Hj Abul Khayr D. Alonto, MinDA Chairperson who is working closely with the Du30 Spouses expressed his gratitude and thankfulness to all that had provided for the assistance and delivery of aid for the Marawi refugees who are leaving in evacuation centers and home based .
“Together with the good people of Marawi we will rise again and with the humanity of the people and the Arm Forces with the siege of Marawi that is still going we are one and can be one and there is no reason for us to part ways, we will be together, having one destiny, we will help as one Nation.” Sec. Datu D. Alonto said.# ( ISB/ IliganToday)