Philippine Army’s 53IB, Pagadian LGU launch Livelihood Program for CAFGU Dependents

Photo courtesy of 53rd Infantry "Matapat" Battalion

The city government of Pagadian, through Pagadian City First Councilor Cpt. Sam Tyra Co (Res), and the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB), launched the Livelihood Program for CAFGU Dependents during their visit to the two patrol bases in Pagadian City on July 13, 2021, as part of the “Better Life: Adopt-a-CAFGU Program.”

The CAFGU’S Dependents Association has been registered as a legitimate workers’ association under Presidential Decree No. 442, for the purposes of mutual aid, protection, and promotion of the moral, social, and economic well-being of its members, subject to all provisions of existing laws and regulations relating to workers’ associations.

Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, Commanding Officer of Cpt. Co. and 53IB, stated this is one way of honoring the CAFGU Active Auxiliaries’ outstanding contribution (CAAs). They handed out rice sacks and delivered Certificates of Appreciation to CAFGU Active Auxiliaries (CAAs) from the Lison Valley and Lourdes Patrol Bases who had helped out and rendered a service of 20 years or more.

In her message, Cpt. Co encouraged the CAAs and their dependents to “strive not to be a success but rather to be of value.”

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others, that to give without any reward or any notice has a special quality of its own. I appreciate you and the many years of service you’ve rendered,” said Cpt. Co.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Herrera thanked Cpt. Co for her outsanding support to the CAFGUs.

“I thank the City Government of Pagadian and Captain Co for their support to our CAFGUs. This is our way of expressing our gratitude to the CAFGUs because of their many years of service, this is the only time they get recognized,” said Lt. Col. Herrera.

This activity is in accordance of 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 Roadmap (ATR).

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