In times of calamities and national emergencies
7th CRG Cares and Shares as “Vessels of Blessings” in NCR
By MSg Paulo B Flores PA (Res)
TOWARDS the last quarter of the Year 2020, the 7th Civil Relations Group, Civil Relations Service – Armed Forces of the Philippines (7CRG, CRSAFP) continuously perform its mandated task in support to the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) implementation of the “We Heal as One” Act, a campaign of the national government to fight CoVid-19.
True to its program, “Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko”, 7CRG in the past eight months have started, established and maintained its campaign as “vessel of blessings” in extending a helping hand to less fortunate Filipinos not only within the National Capital Region (NCR) but also in the provinces like in the Bicol region and Cagayan Valley specially during the month of November wherein three typhoons hit and affected NCR and its nearby provinces. Since March 2020, the Unit’s “Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko” campaign already extended assistance in terms of relief goods and humanitarian services to 436,140 households broken into an estimated 1,744,560 individual beneficiaries in NCR and 13300 households in other areas like Bicol and Cagayan.
Just immediately after Typhoon Ulysses, victims in Caloocan City, Marikina City and portions of Quezon City in Metro Manila who were temporary sheltered at designated evacuation centers in their respective barangays benefitted to the feeding program initiated, organized and implemented by 7CRG with the JTF-NCR, the Headquarters of CRSAFP and CRSAFP NCR-based subordinate units utilizing two (2) trucks of AFP Mobile Kitchen that fed more or less 3,000 individuals per meal which means that breakfast, lunch and dinner were served to the above-mentioned evacuees per day.
Coordination were made by 7CRG with the local government officials, the community leaders and stakeholders to ensure the smooth delivery of food and other relief goods that benefitted the less fortunate Filipinos. Kawal Pinoy soldiers, AFP reservists and volunteers from Barangay UP Campus and Caloocan City of the 7CRG’s Raise to One Million Gardens in NCR and socio civic groups worked hand in hand in the preparation, repacking and distribution of food packs as well as other relief goods to the evacuees. They also see to it that the beneficiaries strictly follow health protocols like wearing face masks, face shields and observing physical distancing during the relief efforts. Moreover, to make the less fortunate kababayans feel the atmosphere of Christmas, the 7CRG as vessels of blessings roamed around the NCR metropolis extending Christmas goodies and relief goods to street dwellers, slum communities, and orphanage. This program started from 15 to 31 December 2020 which benefited 2800 individuals and 700 households.
With the generosity of socio-civic partners, private individuals, stakeholders and local government units, these humanitarian programs were made possible. The 7CRG shall continue its objective of sharing God’s blessings and continue to be a “Vessel of Blessings” to the Filipino people here in NCR.
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