BALOI, Lanao del Norte–The 55th Engineer Brigade, Philippine Army was reactivated on Wednesday (March 15) at its headquarters in Baloi, Lanao del Norte.
Brigadier General Ramon Ruiz, commander of the newly-reactivated unit, said their primary mission is to help rehabilitate Marawi City which the rehabilitation is overseen by the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM).
The unit will help the government, together with other agencies, especially in the horizontal projects like road widening, drainage, building construction, schools, public health centers and other government facilities.
"Ang focus ngayon ng (the focus now of the) Philippine Army is to help in the inter-agency or whole government approach and the Armed Forces (of the Philippines) is just one of the agencies of the government under the Department of National Defense mandated to the rehabilitation of Marawi," Ruiz said.
The 55th Engineer Brigade, Philippine Army was deactivated in 2013 as part of the defense planning guidance to streamline the organization according to Ruiz.
After six years, the unit was reactivated to help in Marawi rehabilitation program.
"We will help through the TFBM and we will promise to do our best to attend to the welfare of the people in Marawi," Ruiz said.
When the combat operation was terminated in October 2017, following President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration od liberation in Marawi City, the 549 Engineer Brigade took charge in the debris clearing.
It stopped when a private contractor got the award to do the demolition and debris management.
Now the Army Engineer unit was given the task again to help the Marawi rehab, it needs more personnel to fill up the needs of manpower.
A total of 1,000 Army personnel are needed for the construction of various government infrastructure nationwide.
"At the moment, the biggest chunk of that number is going to be deployed in Marawi for the rehabilitation program. We need the help of the media to dissimenate the information that we are inviting carpenters, mason, plumbers, electricians, heavy equipment operators to enlist in the Philippine Army and be part of the organization," Ruiz said.
Interested applicants may inquire at the nearest Army training school.
In Region 10, the 4th Infantry Division in Patag, Cagayan de Oro and in Region 9, the 1st ID in Pulacan, Zamboanga del Sur are the existing Army training schools.