The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte has set to carry out a Medical Mission in the Municipality of Munai, today, January 4, 2018 for the typhoon Vinta affected residents. Dr. Melania A. Untao, Head of the Provincial Health Office assembled two (2) teams to fulfil the mission.

Team 1 will bring-in the medical supplies by air using two Huey Helicopters of the Tactical Operations Group 9 of the Philippine Air Force based in Pulacan, Zamboanga del Sur along with Dr. Untao. For Team 2, Dr. Jennifer Lee will travel by land using the military truck accompanied by the soldiers of the 5th Mechanized Infantry Battalion.

These two helicopters are provided by the Philippine Air Force through the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte when he came to the province last December 27, 2017. The mission of these two military helicopters is to provide assistance to the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte in delivering relief goods, medical supplies and other humanitarian missions especially to far-flung areas where roads are inaccessible by ordinary four wheel vehicles.

Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo requested the AFP through Lt. Col. Galileo R. Goyena, Jr. Commander of the 5th Mechanized Infantry Battalion to dedicate the two helicopters to the Municipality of Munai until the Dalama Bridge becomes accessible or operational.

Municipality of Munai is one of the four badly hit municipalities of Lanao del Norte same with the Municipalities of Salvador, Lala, and Tubod. Tropical Storm Vinta produced flash floods and triggered landslides that caused to destroy dozens of infrastructures and agricultural farm lands.

These infrastructures include all types of bridge, the life line of the interior municipalities with the rest of the province. Dalama Bridge is vital to the Municipality of Munai in bringing-in aid and other relief goods for its residents.

Aside from the relief goods delivered to the municipalities, Governor Angging is worried of the individual health condition particularly the ones sheltering in the evacuation center. After TS Vinta struck the province, the Provincial Health Office and the Provincial Social Welfare & Development Office are two of the frontline agencies of the provincial government that responded to the immediate needs of the affected families. The PHO conducted series of medical missions while the PSWDO continuously provides relief goods to families affected and displaced by the typhoon with the supervision of Governor Angging.

For the medical mission in the Municipality of Munai, a total of 1,482 families of the 8 barangays are expected to receive medical treatment from the Doctors and other volunteer medical personnel who are helping the province in caring for the victims of typhoon Vinta. PIO-LDN