By Claire Gigje
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)–Residents of Barangay Banga here benefitted from the outreach program kicked off by the 55th Engineer Brigade.
During the event, a total of 350 residents enjoyed the extended services, among which were free circumcision (110), haircut (77), provision of eyeglasses (30), general check-up (83) and distribution of slippers (50).
Banga Barangay Chairperson Sahara Bacarat conveyed her gratitude on behalf of her village as she noted that after quite some time, this was the only moment they witnessed such an effort anew.
She stated that receiving services from their army friends only depicts that her barangay is one of the priorities of their transformation roadmap.
“Itong ginanap na medical mission sa aming barangay ay napakalaking tulong na sa amin dahil sa mga nakaraang taon, ngayon lang ito nangyari sa amin… Ako ay lubos na nasisiyahan sa pagpapalawak nila ng Army Transformation Roadmap at kasali ang barangay namin dito sa kanilang prayoridad sa Marawi City,” said Bacarat.
[This medical mission in our barangay is a big help to us because, for the past years, this just happened to us… I am very happy about the expanded Army Transformation Roadmap and my barangay is one of the priorities in Marawi City.]
Resident Jamalodin Punut also commended the undertaking done by the engineer brigade. He stated that this has indeed delivered vital aid to his fellow Maranaos.
“Malaking tulong ito sa aming komunidad at sa mga Maranao [this is a big help to our communities and the Maranaos],” said Punut.
Another resident Moli’d Hussien Domado was also joyful as well to have been assisted during the outreach program.
He stressed that the services given significantly eased the medical needs of the constituents in the area.
“Maraming salamat. Dati, walang pumupunta dito na programang ganito. Malaking tulong ito kasi nababawasan ang mga gastos ng aming parents at ibang mga tao,” said Domado.
[Thank you. Before, no one would go here for this program. This is a big help because the expenses of our parents and other people are pulled down.]
Affirming the preceding testimony, resident Hadji Jamil Casnor likewise underlined that the engineer brigade has gradually improved the established rapport between the civilians and the military.
He underscored that not only the army engineer made the citizens in his place feel safe and secure but also supported them in other aspects of their living.
“Dako na ni nga tabang kay maskin lang ang pagpatuli sa mga bata, dili na problemahon nga kailangan dad-on pa sa doctor. Ang mga sundalo karon, maayo ang serbisyo nila,” said Casnor.
[This is a big help because even the circumcision of the kids, cannot be a problem anymore as they do not need to be brought to the doctor already. The soldiers now have good service.]
The outreach was conducted in collaboration with the 500th Combat Engineer (Mabagsik) Battalion, Volunteers In-Service, and Amai Pakpak Medical Center. (CRG/PIA-Lanao del Sur)