The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) held Medical and Dental Mission Serbisyo Caravan as part of the unit’s “Better Life: Adopt a CAFGU Project” on May 12, 2021, at Karbala Patrol Base, Sitio Karbala, Barangay Paranglumba, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte.
“The ‘Better Life: Adopt a CAFGU Project’ is a comprehensive program of providing the necessary assistance, knowledge, and structural pathway for our Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) Active Auxiliary personnel for them to achieve personal and professional growth,” 53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera said.
“Serbisyo Caravan aims to bring government services closer to the people by delivering basic services to the far-flung barangays. It is also our way of expressing our gratitude and recognizing our CAFGU personnel in their dedication to service for helping our Matapat Troopers in maintaining peace and security in the area,” Lt. Col. Herrera said.
The Matapat Troopers delivered food packs, conducted free medical check-up, blood typing, distribution of medicines, and haircut to CAAs and their dependents.The activities were spearheaded by Siayan Mayor Gepolongca’s representative Wendel Duhaylungsod, Barangay Kagawad Cristina Hipulan, Siayan RHU Nurse Victorino Labastida, 53IB Bravo Company Commander 1Lt. Niel Kim Garcia, and Executive Officer 1Lt. Jaymar Paderes.
These activities are parts of the 53IB’s drive to pursue transformation to become a world class Army that is a source of national pride by 2028 in line with the Army Transformation Road Map (ATR).