Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, Commanding Officer of the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB), spoke with Sunop Barangay Captain Sarino Alay about the community’s situation, government objectives and initiatives, and the barangay development program, of which Barangay Sunop is a beneficiary.
As part of the Barangay Development Program (BDP), the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) provided 20 million pesos to Barangay Sunop for the construction of a farm-to-market (FMR) road connecting Purok 4 and Purok 1. The barangay was declared free of communist terrorist influence on April 2.
Meanwhile, on August 6, 2021, the Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Sur gave rice allowance to 19 CAFGU Active Auxiliaries (CAAs) of 53IB located in Biswangan Patrol Base in Lakewood town as part of its “Better Life: Adopt-a-CAFGU Project.”
ZamboSur Board Member for Peace and Order John Regala was accompanied by 53IB Charlie Company Commander 1Lt. Alvin Ibarra.
The CAAs were interviewed by BM Regala and 1Lt. Ibarra in order to improve their morale and determine their challenges and concerns.
This effort is part of the 53IB’s goal of becoming a world-class Army that is a source of national pride by 2028, as outlined in the Army Transformation Roadmap (ATR).