April 7, 2020 Malaybalay City – Around 800 chicken joys were sent by Jollibee store owners in northern Mindanao to soldiers working as frontliners in Quarantine Control Points in Bukidnon yesterday while 70 were sent to 58IB troopers in east Misamis Oriental this morning.
Cpt Rene Belmonte received the food items (800 pax) in Cagayan de Oro City (CDOC) from Ms Virgie Napone, Branch Manager of Jollibee Foods – Velez Branch. These were subsequently picked up by Army units from Bukidnon. The other 70 pax were released by Jollibee – Gingoog City branch.
On his statement Colonel Ferdinand Barandon, Commander of 403rd Brigade that covers Camiguin, MisOr, Bukidnon and CDOC said “It more than just food, its the joy that you bring. The fact that somebody support you in the frontline while facing an unseen enemy is truly a morale booster. Thank you so much Jollibee.”
“Salamat kaayo Jollibee sa kalipay nga imo gipaabot kanamo dire sa QCP (Thank you so much Jollibee for the joy you brought to us here at our QCP)” said 1st Lt Johngie Siatanan of 88IB based in South, Bukidnon.
“Daku ang among pagpasalamat sa atoang mga frontliners, medical teams, kasundaluhan. Daku ang among pagpasalamat sa inyo sa inyong sakripisyo, sa inyong dedikasyon sa pagpahapsay sa atong nasod ug sa inyong loyalty. Saludo kami sa inyo ug Godbless (Many thank to our frontliners, medical teams and soldiers on your dedication and loyalty in keeping our nation safe. We salute you, Godbless.)” said Mr Levy Ramos, Asst Branch Manager, Jollibee – Velez branch.
Mang-Inasal, a sister company of Jollibee also provided 18 pax of food for members of Task Force Oro, a unit under 403rd Bde based in CDOC. Meanwhile a branch of Chowking in Bukidnon has also committed to provide foodpacks on April 8.
Soldiers under 403rd Bde immediately complied with PRRDs directive to focus on combating COVID19. Units under it were tasked to compliment the QCPs around the region while others help Barangays and Local Governments on information dessemination through loudspeaker operations.
Just last April 1 & 2, a total of 141 soldiers of 403Bde underwent Orientation Training on COVID19 in partnership with Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center.
Bukidnon remains COVID19 free and continuously implement strict border protection.