Marking the 6th Reactivation Anniversary of the 701st Infantry (Kagitingan) Brigade of 7th Infantry Division Philippine Army is the term ‘convergence’ as uttered by the provincial governor Corazon N. Malanyaon during her anniversary message for the brigade on September 19, 2014.
A strong advocate of convergence, Governor Malanyaon made sure to make it as one of her development strategies in achieving peace. “I have first-hand experience on how convergence had achieved better and faster results than relying on our limited internal resources and capacities,” said Governor Malanyaon.
She cited the Peace and Development Outreach Program (PDOP) as one concrete example of how convergence worked in harnessing all relevant programs of various government agencies to provide integrated support to depressed communities.
In achieving this, she thanked the Philippine Army for fully embracing the province’s development direction and being effective implementers of the province’s development programs and projects.
“We have journeyed together through a program that changed mindsets. We adopted a paradigm where civilian and military authorities pursue undertakings together and work together with other stakeholder to achieve not only peace but also development, peace and development being interdependent – such that there can be no development without peace just as peace can be elusive without development,” she said.
She also cited the collaboration and partnership of the provincial government and the military when disasters struck Davao Oriental.
Meanwhile, guest of honor and speaker, Major General Glorioso V. Miranda, Commander of the 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, also highlighted ‘convergence’ as an important part of achieving greater strides in peace and development.
He commended the backing efforts of Gov. Malanyaon for peace and order that made it easier for the military to reach the people, especially those in far-flung areas.
MGEN Miranda reminded the stability per se of free-insurgency and ready for development rating of the province. He said that Peace and Stability is an ‘abstract’ that could be a vehicle or a process for development approach although people of different sectors thought of different priorities and mindsets in life.
“It is our duty by all means to protect that ‘abstract’ to reach our vision in enriching our ways of lives,” MGen Miranda said as the Army were supported by the different sectors of society especially this provincial government.
Meanwhile, the renowned core troops of this province under Col. Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr. also expressed their deep gratitude on the non-stop support and efforts of the provincial government. The Brigade Commander re-echoed a statement by a senior army officer in Camp Panacan, Davao City stating that “if all Governors are like Governor Malanyaon, then we would no problems in our country.”
Col. Madrigal, Jr. also acknowledged the Army and Armed Forces’ leadership in providing them the guidance and wherewithal to accomplish the Kagitingan Brigade’s mission. More particularly, he thanked also the different sectors of the civilian community who stand as stakeholders for the strong partnership and full support given to the brigade in all its undertakings.
“They were the keys to the success of our campaign, and we could have not done this without them,” Col. Madrigal, Jr. stated.
Meanwhile, local government officials and stakeholders have been awarded with Plaques of Appreciation. Col. Madrigal Jr. supported that these people unselfishly rendered significant contribution for the Peace and Order undertakings of the government throughout the area of responsibility.