Expect a stronger and more capable soldiers of 79th Infantry Battalion (IB)when they return to the province after an approximate three months of re-training in
This was the assurance of Brigadier General Francisco Patrimonio, Assistant Division Commander of the 3rd Infantry Division (ID) of the Philippine Army to Negrenses when he delivered his message during a send off ceremony for the troops of 79th IB at
today. Dumaguete Airport
The soldiers of the 79th IB will temporary leave the province to undergo a Battalion of Excellence (BOE) in
Nueva Ecija. Fort Magsaysay
The training aims to strengthen and improve the battalion’s operational capability to make them more effective in performing their duties in the internal peace and security operations in their assigned areas.
“The 79th IB, being a consistent top performing battalion of the division was given the privilege to undergo the BOE training,” Patrimonio said. “This is an opportunity to upgrade the organizational and individual equipment and uniform of our personnel,” he added.
Before they left this morning, Negros Oriental Gov. Roel R. Degamo handed over a certificate of recognition to Lt. Col. Harold Anthony Pascua, the commanding officer of 79th IB for the services they rendered in the province.
In his message, Gov. Degamo lauded the courageous men in uniform for their efforts in helping the province attain a conflict manageable and development ready province.
“As chief executive of the province, I have seen how these men worked in order to attain true peace for the development of the province,” Gov. Degamo said in local dialect.
Gov. Degamo wishes well for these soldiers as they go through re-training outside Negros Oriental.
Meanwhile, local leaders here assured that everything is in place to sustain the present security status of the province.
Patrimonio said the 20th IB from
will replace the 79th IB while they are on training in Nueva Ecija.
It can be recalled that these soldiers were deployed in Negros Oriental last May 28 after also completing BOE training.
The soldiers of the 79th IB are expected to come back in their areas of assignment in the latter part of the year.
“We will temporary leave for now to enhance our capabilities but we will return and when we get back you can expect a stronger 79th IB, ready to serve you and may we continue our partnership to attain true peace in Negros Oriental,” Lt. Col. Pascua said.
Two C-130 aircraft from the Philippine Air Force arrived at
this morning to fetch the soldiers and take them to , their first stop before going to
Nueva Ecija. Manila