The Philippine Army (PA) has a new commander of the 54th Engineer Brigade based in Camp Cabatangan, Zamboanga City. Col. Anthony T. Cacayuran on Thursday formally assumed the post replacing Brig. Gen. Arnold F. Fernandez who is expected to be assigned to another sensitive position at the higher headquarters.
The traditional change of command ceremony was presided by Army Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto, who also served as the guest of honor and speaker.In his speech, Brig. Gen. Fernandez expressed his appreciation to the command for giving him the opportunity to lead ‘the finest, hardworking and dedicated soldiers of 54th Engineer Brigade’.
He also extended his gratitude to the many individuals and stakeholders who helped and contributed to the accomplishment of the unit mission during his stint.Col. Cacayuran for his part promised to continue what his predecessor had started and urged everyone in the unit to perform their sworn duty to the best of their collective abilities. He also urged them to make a difference in the lives of the people in the communities where they are assigned.
Col. Cacayuran is a civil engineer by profession and was commissioned through the officer candidate program and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Management Major in Development and Security and also specialized intelligence.
Prior to his new post, he was the chief of the Army Real Estate Office at From April 2012 until November 2017, he held various positions with the 52nd Engineer Brigade until he was transferred and designated as deputy commander of 51st Engineer Brigade. Over the years, the 54th Engineer Brigade has been deployed in many areas of the country and instrumental in providing the necessary support in line with the AFP’s internal security operations.
They are often employed in support of nation building, civil work programs and disaster relief operations. The unit also took some transformation and developed its capability to be able to provide combat support in terms of mobility, counter-mobility and survivability during the recent Marawi crisis.