From the Visayan Daily Star (Feb 12): Pascua assumes as new commander of 79th IB
Lt. Col. Harold Pascua, the new commander of the 79thInfantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, based in Siaton, Negros Oriental, said he will take on the challenges left by his predecessor, Lt. Col. Marion Sison.
Pascua took his oath at the turnover of command at the battalion headquarters Monday that was presided over by Maj. Gen. AurelioBaladad, commander of the 3rdInfantry Division of the PA.
It is a big challenge to lead the 79thIB and a big shoe to fill, Pascua said, on his obligations and the accomplishments of Sison, who had served for two years, two months and five days.
Pascua said he is eager to assume the position and promised to give his best.
He called on local officials, government agencies, organizations and community partners to continue to work together with the battalion to alleviate the lives of the people and bring development, especially in far-flung sitios and barangays.
Pascua also promised to do his best to maintain the culture of excellence in the battalion, and to work on his vision of a cohesive and competent 79thIB.
Sison thanked the local leaders, government agencies, NGOs and the communities for their support and cooperation. He attributed the battalion’s accomplishment in reducing the insurgency problem to community partners, and the shared vision of peace and development.
He said he left the unit with a heavy heart since it had become his second home, where he gained experience, knowledge and true friends.
The turnover ceremony was attended by Gov. Roel Degamo, army and police officials, mayors, and heads of government agencies and civic groups.