Barangay Tubak - Known as the remotest barangay of Ampatuan Municipality, Maguindanao is dominated by Indigenous People (IPs) and Christian settlers. To reach the said community, it takes almost 3 hours over land from Esperanza town of Sultan Kudarat, passing to the narrow and slippery roads of Daguma Mountain Range.
Nevertheless, this did not hinder the 46th Infantry (Peacemakers) Battalion in extending its hands to bring the free medical and voluntary services to the residents of Barangay Tubak.
On February 13, 2014, 46IB, under the sterling leadership of Lt. Colonel Marlo M. Guloy, conducted “Oplan Bayanihan,” a way of reaching out the residents of the said barangay who seldom receive medical attention. In partnership with the Rural Health Unit of Ampatuan and the Office of the Municipal Mayor, the Medical Outreach Mission was launched.
As expected, numerous people eagerly waited at the mission site where a total of 385 Indigenous People (IP) benefited from the haircut, medical, and dental services: 25 availed dental services, 12 benefited free circumcision, 7 availed free OB check-up, 167 for medical consultation, 129 pediatric patients, and 57 availed the free haircut service.
Indeed the activity was a success. Heartfelt thanks and appreciations from the community leaders were afforded to 46IB and the constituents overwhelmed the organizers.
The residents of the said barangay expressed their deepest gratitude for the medical services given to them.
Such noble deed manifests the sincerity and determination of the 46th IB to win the peace within its area of operation and further gain the trust and cooperation of the civilian populace.