As a message of partnership and caring to Muslim brothers who will be celebrating Eid al-Fitr or the end of fasting, US troops temporarily stationed in Mindanao together with Philippine soldiers jointly conducted a "Ramadan gift-giving" activity where they distributed food packages to residents from a remote village on the outskirts of Zamboanga City last Monday.
Lt. Cdr. David McKinney, Joint Special Operations Task Force - Philippines (JSOTF-P) deputy public affairs officer said some 200 families from Barangay Arena Blanco benefitted from the activity jointly conducted by the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) led by its commander, Lt. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino and the JSOTF-P headed by its commander, Capt. Robert Gusentine.
Arena Blanco is described as a poor community that does not have a good water source. More than 90 percent of its population are Muslim.
American and Philippine soldiers distributed packages that contain
basic items and some food stuff, which the residents can share with their family as Ramadan ends Friday.