Int?l peace monitors provide medical assistance in Sarangani

The humanitarian mission was headed by Dr. Amran Bin Amir Hamzah, the IMT medical officer, and his assistant, Sgt. Izhar B. Haji Shuib.


Dr. Antonio Yasaña, Sarangani provincial health officer, joined the two in giving free check ups to 554 constituents who complained of headaches, digestive disorder, fever, runny nose, body pains, asthma, skin diseases and other common ailments.


The IMT brought at least P140,000 worth of medical supplies.


Members of the Young Moro Professionals Council in the SOCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos) area extended their support by facilitating the distribution of medicines, managing the smooth flow of the crowd, and as translators. Majority of the beneficiaries were Moro and Blaan tribesmen.


The medical outreach was the seventh of the 10 medical missions in different parts of Mindanao planned last year by the IMT-M3. Shuib said that they have already conducted missions in Pikit, Cotabato province; Mamasapano and Kitango in Maguindanao; also in the Lanao provinces. They hope to conduct more medical missions in Marawi City and in Davao del Norte either later this month or in February.


The Malaysian government, through the IMT-M3, has budgetted around P2 million for the series of medical missions all over Mindanao. It was included in the activities of the IMT-M3 upon the recommendation of the IMT-Mission 2 that left last August.


Jinen Sambaga, barangay chairman of Sapu Masla here, said he was grateful for the IMT’s help to his constituents. Last July, the IMT – Team Site 4 headed by Lt. Abdul Razak bin Husain sponsored the renovation of two classrooms in Mama Wawa Elementary School in the same barangay.


The IMT is composed of contingents from Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Libya and Japan, mostly military officers. They are tasked to monitor the ongoing peace process between the GRP and the MILF under the facilitation of the Malaysian government.