The Catbalogan-based Infantry Division on Tuesday was feted for its peace and development efforts in the
This was stated by Central Command head Lt. Gen. John Bonafos in a statement forwarded Wednesday.
“This is an opportune time to commend the 'Stormtroopers' (nickname of the 8th Infantry Division) for the accomplishments and the successes you have made in weakening the enemy by constricting their movements and activities," he added.
Bonafos also took this opportunity to thank the officers and enlisted personnel of the 8th Infantry Division for its part in the humanitarian assistance disaster response when super typhoon 'Yolanda' struck the region in Nov. 8.
Other accomplishments of the unit include 56 encounters against NPA rebels which resulted to the neutralization of eight NPA rebels and the recovery of 22 high-powered and 16 low-powered firearms.
In addition, it facilitated the surrender of 50 NPA rebels to the government who brought along with them eight high powered and 15 low–powered firearms.
Under the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) of the Office of the Presidential Assistant on Peace Process (OPAPP), the 8th Infantry Division was able to facilitate the release of PHP1.19 million worth of benefits for 21 of the surrenderees.
Other surrenderees who have not yet received their benefits are still on process and due to be released anytime.
In performing its mandate, 12 of its soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice of defending our beloved country, while 18 soldiers were wounded in action during the same period.
Bonafos said that 8th Infantry Division was also instrumental in the declaration of 20 of 26 towns of Samar and 21 out of 24 towns of
By the end 2014 all the remaining towns are expected to be declared as MCADR, meaning, peace and order will be stable as NPA influence and presence in the above-mentioned towns will be minimal and can be adequately addressed by the local governments units thru the Philippine National Police.