Saturday, May 24, 2014

Compostela Valley welcomes 46th Infantry Battalion

From the Philippine News Agency (May 24): Compostela Valley welcomes 46th Infantry Battalion

The 46th Infantry Battalion was formally transferred and welcomed by the Compostela Valley-based 10th Infantry Division in Maco town Friday.

Welcoming ceremonies were conducted by 10th Infantry Division assistant division commander Brig. Gen. Roberto D. Domines, Jr.,

“The arrival of additional forces will help 10ID to better respond to the ever changing situation on the ground, to better protect the people, to assist in the peace and development efforts of the government, and to stabilize areas that have been regained from the NPA thru peace and development outreach programs of the Division. The situation here in Compostella Valley is rather different from your previous area of operations in Central Mindanao. The enemy here, particularly the NPA would use their dirty tactics in order to disrupt and discredit our peace and development efforts in the area," he added.

The 46th Infantry Battalion was formerly attached to the Maguindanao-based 6th Infantry Division.

It served in the Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat for five years before being deployed to augment the 10th Infantry Division.

46th Infantry Battalion commander Col. Marlo M. Guloy was given the “Kampilan” Awards while two Command Plaques were given to the unit.

Personnel from the unit were md the Military Merit Medal for their invaluable services rendered to the division particularly in its efforts in stabilizing the province after the “Maguindanao Massacre” in 2009 and the successful seizure of the biggest Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) Camp at Barangay Ganta, Datu Piang, Maguindanao earlier this year.

The transfer orders were being issued by the Armed Forces chief-of-staff, Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista, in order to boost the peace and development efforts in Eastern Mindanao.

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