Author: OG7 1st ID, PA

ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC 24/7) interviews Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations, G7 of the Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division.

“Community engagement with local government units and law enforcers is a significant help in rehabilitating war-torn Marawi City,” Lt. Col. Herrera said.

Read more at http://news.abs-cbn.com/video/focus/08/22/17/rebuilding-marawi-how-afp-plans-to-help-the-city-rise-from-the-ruins.

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Dakila at walang hanggan naming Diyos, ang pag-asa ng lahat ng nilikha at ang bukal ng kapayapaan sa sanlibutan, kinikinilala namin na ikaw ang Diyos na makapangyarihan. Ang aming Ama na lumilingap sa kanyang mga anak sa mga panahong wala kaming masilungan at walang maintindihan sa mga nagaganap sa aming buhay.

Haplusin mo po kami o Diyos at payapain ang aming kalooban sa mga nangyayari sa aming bayan lalo na ang kaguluhang naghahari sa Marawi, Lanao del Sur at sa buong lupain sa Mindanao.

Patuloy po ninyong patatagin ang Hukbong Sandatahan ng Pilipinas sa pagpapanatili ng kaayusan, kaligtasan at kapayapaan sa aming bayan at panatilihing matibay na tanggulan ng mamamayan sa oras ng krisis, digmaan at rebelyong namamayani sa aming lipunan.

Gabayan po ninyo at ingatan ang aming mga kapatid na sundalo na lumalaban sa puwersa ng teroristang naghahasik ng gulo at kumikitil ng buhay ng mga inosente naming kababayan. Palakasin po ninyo ang kanilang loob at patatagin ang kanilang pagtitiwala sa Iyo. Ipag-adya mo po sila sa kapahamakan at hayaang makabalik sa kanilang pamilyang naghihintay. Idinadalngin din po naming ang mabilisang paggaling ng aming mga kapatid na sugatan sa labanan.

Inilalapit naming sa iyo o Dakilang Diyos, ang katahimikan ng mga kaluluwa ng aming mga kapatid na nasawi sa labanan, sundalo man o sibiliyan, nawa sa piling mo ay makasumpong sila ng walang hanggang kaahingahan at tunay na kapayapaan.

Hinihiling din naming Mapagkalingang Ama, na yakapin mo ang aming mga kababayan naiipit sa digmaan, maging muslim man o kristiyano man. Aliw upang sa lungkot at hirap ay makaalpas, at pag asa sa gitna ng panlulumo at pagwasak.

Idinadalangin namin mahabaging Diyos na umiral nawa ang batas sa Mindanao upang makamit namin ang tunay na diwa ng kapayapaan na siyang hangarin ng aming Panginoong Hesukristo bilang prinsepe ng kapayapaan. Amen.

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Joint Task Force Marawi conducted a consultative meeting with the officials and concerned parties of Ibn Siena Integrated School Foundation Hidiyyah International School in Marawi City on August 15, 2017.

Lieutenant Colonel Jo-ar A. Herrera, Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations (G7) of the Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division who represented JTF Marawi in the event assured the stakeholders in Ibn Siena Integrated School Foundation the military is doing its best to take care of those who are affected.

“With the ongoing battle against the terrorists, your Army is ensuring the successful implementation of community engagements in affected communities including Foundation Hidiyyah International School,” Lt. Col. Herrera said.

Alim Ameroddin M. Sarangani, president of Ibn Siena Integrated School Foundation Hidiyyah International School expressed full support of the Army’s initiatives in bringing normalcy in Marawi City.

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Internally displaced persons who are sheltered at the Provincial Capitol in Marawi City received assistance from a medical mission organized by Joint Task Force Marawi and partners on August 16, 2017.

Children dependents of displaced families in the capitol were also treated with psychosocial activities from partners.

The said humanitarian mission benefited 305 evacuees.

Joint Task Force Marawi Commander Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista said: “Your soldiers are here for you to serve you, to maintain peace and protect our communities.”

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A humanitarian mission was conducted by Joint Task Force Marawi together with the Social Welfare Development Department and local government units in Malabang town, Lanao del Sur on August 12, 2017 for evacuees who are affected by the crisis in Marawi City.

The soldiers, DSWD staff, and local government workers delivered 1,700 packs of rice and goods to evacuees who are home-based and sheltered in an evacuation center in Madrasa II.

1,651 families with 5,670 dependents sought refuge in Malabang 73 kilometers (about 2 hours drive) south of Marawi City when the Maute terrorist group attacked the city on May 23, 2017.

On behalf of Malabang Mayor Raizol S. Balindong, municipal administrator Jerry Rakim received the assistance brought by seven trucks that arrived at noon.

Malabang Municipal Social Welfare and Development Chief Linang Pangkat led the distribution of the goods for the evacuees. She expressed her gratitude to those who supported the endeavor including the security sector.

Soldiers of the Joint Task Force Marawi and Teach Peace Build Peace representatives also conducted activities for children evacuees in Malabang.

Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command said: “We will always be of help whenever it is needed. Our Joint Task Groups Ranao and Tabang as well as the G7 of the Joint Task Force Marawi are incharge of all efforts that are geared to facilitate humanitarian activities for the evacuees from Marawi City.”

“Your Armed Forces will continue to serve the people and support other organizations whenever, wherever,” Lt. Gen. Galvez said.

Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi and Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division said: “Your soldiers will continue to conduct humanitarian missions to help everyone who were affected in Marawi.”

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(Delivered on August 5, 2017 at “Sambatan” Forum at MSU-IIT, Iligan City)

Personally I would like to acknowledge and thank the organizers of this forum the Ranao Council, MSU-IIT, and PNP. In this is very important occasion, I am very grateful to be here in front of you speaking and representing the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The military’s role in the Marawi crisis is very crucial. We are here for you para ibangon muli natin ang Marawi City.

Since day one of the Marawi crisis, we have been there and we were able to immediately convene the Provincial Crisis Committee. The Lanao Rescue Team was formed and we had a dialogue in the first week.

As the G7 of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division of the Philippine Army, we have grand plans for Lanao del Sur and Marawi even before the crisis, especially on peace education and empowering the youth. We were developing a holistic program for the youth sector in coordination with various sectors.

With Martial Law in effect, we have been emphasizing the role of the LGUs and the military have been involved in series of engagements with government officials and traditional leaders.

Recognizing that today’s youth will be the next generation leaders, we are here today for a dialogue of shaping the Maranao community after the crisis. When it is time for us to go, who will take care of Marawi? Who will take care of its heritage and culture? We should show our young generation how it is to be brave and united.

Throughout history, Marawi is known for bravery and unity. With the ongoing crisis, we should be brave to defeat false ISIS ideologies perpetrated by the Maute terrorist group. These false ideologies are bent to destroy our rich cultural heritage. Your participation in this activity symbolizes your bravery in facing challenges. Is unity just about coming together for a dialogue? Unity is something bigger than us, internalized in our hearts and minds, enveloping our thoughts and understanding.

Just like you, your soldiers are also human. We are also evacuees from far places. We immediately went to Marawi when the crisis broke out and it also took time for us to get the things we need. Your soldiers also have families waiting at home. As much as you want to go back home, your soldiers also want to go back to their families.

With your help and support, your Armed Forces will be stronger in accomplishing its mission of serving and protecting you.

Let us help each other and let us all be brave and united until the end of this crisis.

Thank you vey much.

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