By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL
TACURONG CITY, Sultan Kudarat
The 549 Engineer Battalion facilitated the completion of the construction of a masjid or mosque inside the 601st Infantry Brigade headquarters in Barangay Kalandagan in this city.
The “Unifier” Mosque or “U-Mosque” is a project initiated by Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the Commanding General of the Philippine Army (PA) in partnership with the Southwestern Liguasan Marsh Alliance of Municipalities (SLAM) which includes Datu Paglas, Sultan Sa Barongis, General Salipada K Pendatun, Paglat, and Pagalungan.
Lt. Col. Lorvina Lamug, the newly-installed Battalion Commander of the 549th Engineer “Kapayapaan” Battalion (549EB) said, “This project was conceptualized to build a place of worship for our Muslim brothers and sisters in the 601st Infantry Brigade (601IBDE), 6ID, PA.”
On August 21, 2020, a meeting was held at the 601IBDE headquarters presided by the unit commander Brig. Gen. Roy Galido and attended by 54th Engineer Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Anthony Cacayuran and the local chief executives. The attendees pledged to support for the completion of the U-Mosque.
On the same day, Lt. Col. Lamug, the newly-installed Battalion Commander was tasked by Brig. Gen Cacayuran to expedite the Construction of the U-Mosque in 28 days.
The 549EB is mandated to perform vertical and horizontal construction projects for the Philippine Army and in support of the socio-economic program of the government.
After a systematic engineering construction work, the U-Mosque was completed on October 6, 2020. The inauguration of the Mosque was attended by Governor Suharto “Teng” Mangudadatu of Sultan Kudarat, and Bai Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu of Maguindanao held on October 9, 2020. JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL