TANJAY CITY, Negros Oriental (PIA) – The 302nd “Achiever” Infantry Brigade (IB) of the Philippine Army based in Negros Oriental renews its commitment in securing peace and order throughout the province in celebration of its 40th founding anniversary.
During the celebration at Camp Leon Kilat, Tanjay City on May 12, Brigadier Gen. Francisco Patriomonio again assured the Negrenses that the military will intensify its efforts to make the province insurgency free.
“We pledge to intensify our efforts and maintain our commitment to achieve an insurgency free area not only in Negros Oriental but in areas we have operations as well,” BGen. Patrimonio said.
In his speech during the event, Patrimonio mentioned the recent achievement of the province being the declared as “conflict manageable and development ready” province.
He reiterated that the present status in peace and order doesn’t mean that province is insurgency free but the insurgent activities had been reduced to a manageable level that it no longer poses threat to development projects in far areas of Negros Oriental.
However, this declaration still signifies a more peaceful and secured environment for the province and makes it more attractive for investments, business and tourism which translates to prosperity and improved lives for Negrenses.
“The quantifiable parameters such as neutralization of insurgents, recovery of firearms, clearing of barangays is meaningless if (it) is not translated into improved peace and order and economic condition beneficial to all,” Patrimonio said.
BGen. Patrimonio added that this could not be achieved if not because of the collective efforts of different stakeholders. Patrimonio expressed his gratitude to the local government units, non-government organizations and national government agencies for their support in the army’s peace initiatives.
He particularly mentioned the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) who helped in addressing issues that have been exploited by insurgents.
Meanwhile, Major Gen. Aurelio Baladad, Commander of the 3rd Infantry Division (ID) of the Philippine Army and the event’s keynote speaker lauded the 302nd IB for its achievements in the past years.
Baladad mentioned the recent accomplishments of the brigade including the best brigade for 2013 and 2013 best battalion for the 11th Infantry Battalion.
He also cited that the 302nd Brigade as the only brigade that is successful in conducting Bayanihan team activities with stakeholders in areas infested by rebels.
“You have successfully lived your unit’s name. They have achieved a lot,” MGen. Baladad congratulates members of the 302nd IB.
Baladad said the celebration of the 40th founding anniversary of the 302nd IB with the theme “40th year of service towards peace and development” signifies what the brigade has done in the past years and what will it be doing in the future.
It is also a celebration of partnership with stakeholders who helped them realized the vision of a more peaceful province.
“We will continue to strengthen our partnership to sustain what we have achieved and strive even further towards peace and development,” Baladad said.
MGen. Baladad stressed that cooperation with stakeholders made it possible for the delivery of services of the government to hinterland areas.
With this, he continues to make a call for a strong collaboration to ensure sustainability in peace, stability and development efforts to the whole province.
Baladad pledged that the 3rd ID will continue to give support in securing peace and order in Negros Oriental.
“Rest assured that we in the 3rd ID we remain committed we will never bring down our guards in protecting the people and the community and shall continue in sustaining community development,” Baladad said.
With the recent achievements in peace and order, the Philippine Army strives to make the province insurgency free in its areas of operation including the 5th District of Negros Occidental while maintaining Siquijor as an insurgency free province. (mbcn/ral/PIA7-NegOr)