Twenty-one couples who are members of the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) of the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) said their vows and officially tied knots in a wedding ceremony held on December 10, at 53rd IB Headquarters, Villanueva Road, Camp Sabido, Purok 1A, Poblacion, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur.
The mass wedding was presided by Guipos town mayor Hon. Vicente P. Cajeta.
The ceremony was also sponsored by various civilian and military stakeholders that significantly supported 53IB’s “Better Life: Adopt-a-CAFGU Project.”
In December last year, 53IB launched the said project to develop the character and competence of CAFGUs and provide them a venue to attain wholistic development. 53rd IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera in his message thanked the sponsors for making the ceremony possible.
“I extend my utmost gratitude to our partners for making this mass wedding for our CAFGUs possible and memorable,” said Lt. Col. Herrera.
“Not only do we promote their wellbeing, but we also show our CAFGUs how we appreciate their sacrifices and dedication to duty in keeping our towns safe,” he added.