Lanao LGU, Mus­lim lead­ers wel­come fe­male troops

Business World - - THE NATION - Al­bert F. Ar­cilla

LANAO DEL Sur’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment and the leader of the dif­fer­ent sul­tanates in the prov­ince wel­comed the de­ploy­ment of more than a hun­dred fe­male gov­ern­ment forces on Tues­day to as­sist fe­male evac­uees from be­sieged Marawi City. The fe­male se­cu­rity forces are com­posed of 40 cops and 62 Philip­pine Army mem­bers. Camid C. Gan­damra, Marawi City ad­min­is­tra­tor, said they are thank­ful for the ef­forts of the po­lice and the mil­i­tary in fight­ing mem­bers of the Is­lamic State-in­spired Maute ter­ror group as well as in as­sist­ing res­i­dents who have been dis­placed. “The peo­ple of Marawi will never for­get your good deeds,” Mr. Gan­damra said as he wel­comed the con­tin­gent. Sul­tan Mac­mod Da­lidig, chair­man of the 16 sul­tanates in Lanao del Sur, gave as­sur­ance to the troops that “we are your part­ners in any peace pro­grams in our area.” The fe­male of­fi­cers will be as­signed to dif­fer­ent evac­u­a­tion cen­ters within Lanao del Sur, Iligan City, and Lanao del Norte. They will also take part in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work in Marawi. Lt. Gen. Car­l­ito G. Galvez, Jr. com­man­der of the West­ern Mindanao Com­mand, said the all-women con­tin­gent un­der­went spe­cial train­ing on Gen­der and De­vel­op­ment and stud­ied mod­ules on cul­tural sen­si­tiv­ity prior to their de­ploy­ment. —

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FE­MALE MEM­BERS Of the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) and Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) dur­ing their cer­e­mo­nial send-off Tues­day morn­ing at Vil­lamor Air­base in Pasay City.

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