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1,900 IDP families get relief goods from TFD

Nearly 2,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) from Marawi City received relief goods from the Task Force Davao on Wednesday.

The distribution of the relief goods for the 1,900 families in Sta. Ana wharf was part of the commemoration of the 17th anniversary of the Task Force Davao.

Col. Consolito Yecla, the commander of Task Force Davao, told TIMES that the relief goods were donated by their partner organizations and companies, along with the personal budget of the unit.

“TF Davao personnel delivered the relief goods, house to house, directly to the recipients, with the assistance of the purok leaders and tanods,” Yecla said.

The recipients were given rice, canned goods, coffee, milk, Milo, noodles and toothpaste.

“As we commemorate our 17th founding anniversary, we commit ourselves to better serve the Davaoeños,” he said.

Yecla also cited the accomplishments of Task Force Davao, including:

– zero incidence of bombing or acts of terrorism due to military patrols, checkpoint operations and other security operations either unilaterally or jointly conducted with other units of the AFP, PNP and law enforcement agencies;

– Development of a culture of security and conceptualization and implementation of the maximum-security zone;

– Security policies were also institutionalized, such as the no jacket policy, no non-transparent water container policy, no parking in crowded places or parking buffer zone, inspection cubicles for Hijab and Abaya-wearing individuals, clearing of shrubs and ornamental plants in public places, no drone policy, and use of transparent garbage bins during big events;

– Conceptualized and implemented the Kalilintad 911 to insulate the IDPs of Marawi Siege from being influenced and exploited by terrorists. This will also help prevent the development of homegrown terrorists in the city;

– Apprehended 96 individuals on drug-related violations involving a total of P11.5-million worth of illegal drugs;

– Served as first responders during calamities, disasters, and the present COVID-19 outbreak; retrieval of critical PPEs from Manila and their transport to Davao City.
At present, the Task Force Davao is maintaining 20 quarantine control points in the implementation of the city executive order to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“As we confront this difficult situation against an unseen enemy, which is worse than terrorism, the TF Davao renews its commitment to be more responsive and relevant to the needs of Davaoeños,” he added.

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