Mapúa mobilizes relief efforts in Marawi and Pagayawan, Lanao del Sur
Mapúa University conducted a relief goods distribution operation in Lanao del Sur last September 26 to 29, 2018. Coordinators from the University’s Social Orientation and Community Involvement Program (SOCIP), headed by Engr. Joyrence Mervin Q. Agas, conducted the distribution.
The Philippine Army assisted the team from Mapúa in its three-day outreach activity. Philippine Army reservists helped in repacking and in distributing the goods to residents of various areas in Marawi City and Pagayawan, Lanao del Sur.
The team was able to produce 1,000 sets of goods. Each bag contained hygiene essentials, powdered milk, and “malong,” a traditional multi-colored cloth with geometric designs commonly used in the southern islands of the Philippines.
Residents of Wawalayan Caloocan, Matampay, Bahay Pag-asa I, Buadi Itowa, and Bahay Pag Asa II, Mipaga in Marawi City were among the recipients of the relief goods. The team also gave 150 packs of goods to the reservists of the 10th Regional Community Defense Group (RCDG) based in Lanao del Sur.
Engr. Agas also conducted a focus group discussion (FGD) with senior citizens, teachers, students, and housewives of Barangay Padas, Pagayawan, to hear out and discuss the concerns of the inhabitants in the area. Barangay Padas is one of the most remote barangays in Lanao del Sur and is under the jurisdiction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). A commander of the MILF also joined the discussion. Their main call is for the government to extend its services to the barangay and to create roads for farmers to easily transport their harvests to the town proper.
After the FGD, Engr. Agas and his team relayed the information to the Philippine Army for them to deliver the residents’ sentiments to the local government of Pagayawan. Soldiers have agreed to give free transport assistance to the locals in delivering their harvested goods to town. The team gave a total of 300 packed goods to the residents of Barangay Padas.
Mapúa University has delivered over 800 community extension programs since 1998, supporting various sectors and extending its cause as a University for the people and the planet.