Army donates P9M subsistence allowance for building temporary shelters for quake victims


The Philippine Army personnel have donated their subsistence allowance worth P9 million for the victims of powerful earthquakes that hit parts of Mindanao.

Lt. General Felimon T. Santos Jr., commander of Eastern Mindanao Command Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom), said the money will fund the 120 temporary shelters to be constructed by the 10th Infantry Division, Phillipine Army, 534th Engineer Battalion and 901st Infantry Brigade in a lot procured by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Makilala at Sitio San Nicolas, Barangay San Vicente, Makilala, North Cotabato.

Santos led the launching and inauguration of the project called Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) Center Project Friday, November 29.

Using the prototype model developed by the 534th Engineer Battalion, the project aimed at providing temporary shelter to the affected communities, specifically the families of Barangay Bato, Makilala, North Cotabato while undergoing early recovery from the earthquake’s devastation, he said.

Eastmincom, together with the LGU of Makilala, agreed to partner and jointly implement the project through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) during the launching.

Meanwhile, the Eastmincom Multi-Sectoral Governance Council (MSGC), chaired by Sebastian Angliongto, agreed to integrate its “Luwas Linog” Project to the said program and committed to sponsor the construction expenses of 20 core shelters, two communal male and female toilet cubicles, two sets of communal female and male bathroom, and two sets of communal kitchen and in the said project.

“We are thankful for the Philippine Army personnel deployed all over the country for sharing a part of their subsistence allowance to help the communities most devasted by the earthquake in North Cotabato in their early recovery. Appreciation is likewise due to the EMC-MSGC for the recommendation of the project and the sponsorship,” Santos said.