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Ribbon-cutting held for new barracks bldg of army’s Magbalantay Brigade


by Lou Ellen L. Antonio

ILIGAN CITY (PIA)–The 2nd Mechanized Infantry “Magbalantay” Brigade of the Philippine Army held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly-constructed barracks building named Tinago Falls, April 5.

The Department of National Defense and the Department of Public Works and Highways worked together on a program called Tatag ng Imprastraktura para sa Kapayapaan at Seguridad (TIKAS) to build the two-story building.

The floor space of the building is 297 square meters, and it can hold more than 100 junior non-commissioned officers and officers from the operational control unit.

“Importante gyud kaayo ni para maboost ang morale and welfare sa mga tropa. Nindot man jud nga naa ing-ani, home away from home (This is very important to boost the morale and welfare of the troops. It’s a nice place for the troops, home away from home),” said Magbalantay Brigade Civil Military Operations Officer Major Jovane Roble.

The Philippine Army holds the blessing for the construction of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry (Magbalantay) Brigade’s two-story barracks building named Tinago Falls. (ADD/PIA-10/Lanao del Norte)

With a P15-million fund, the construction started in April 2022 and was completed in April 2023. The construction was made possible through the congressional initiative of former Iligan City Representative and current Mayor Frederick Siao. This was also endorsed by National Economic and Development Authority–10 Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño at the Regional Development Council (RDC)–10.

One of the functions of RDC is to coordinate planning, investment programming, budgeting implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects.

Cariño lauded the leadership of Magbalantay Brigade Commander Brigadier General Rey Alemania, who pushed for the improvement of their camp. Under his term, six buildings have been constructed and renovated with funding support from the government and at the same time, the congressional initiative of former Representative Siao and Lanao del Norte 1st District Representative Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo.

“Kaning 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade, maabtik jud kaayo sila. Daghan na kaayo ug gwapo nga buildings (The 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade is really active. Lots of buildings have been constructed). Thanks sa commanders nga nag-propose, especially kay BGen Rey Alemania,” said Cariño.

Moreover, Siao reaffirmed his commitment to support the Brigade.

“As always, nakita nako unsa ka importante ang AFP, sa syudad. Mismo ako 100% committed sa ilahang mga participation and their role sa community. I am committed nga mutabang kanunay, whatever atong matabang kanila,” he said.

(As always, I see how important the AFP is in the city. I am 100% committed to supporting their participation and their role in the community. I am committed to always being of help, whatever they need). (LELA/PIA-10/Lanao del Norte)

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