The head of the Philippine Army in
Maj. Gen. Aurelio Baladad, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, said the success of the government’s peace and security effort is dependent on the participation and support of the public.
Baladad, who was among the special guests during the 28th founding anniversary of the 303rd Infantry Brigade based in
The Army official said insurgency is multifaceted and the presence of non-government organizations and religious groups is needed to address the economic and socials issues.
He said the presence of political leaders will provide the directions and leadership for winning peace and contribute in solving the political problems in Negros Occidental.
During the 303rd IB’s anniversary rites, the Army’s stakeholders or Bayanihan” partners were recognized for their participation in the quest for peace in the province.
The Bayanihan partners, including different mayors in Negros Occidental, religious groups, provincial government employees, non-government organization, and the Negros Press Club, received plaques of recognition and “brown eagle” tokens given by Baladad along with Col. Jon Aying, commander of 303rd Brigade, and Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.
Aying said the Philippine Army is working together with the stakeholders to address the insurgency problem in Negros Occidental and to achieve a level of normalization or highly stable
For his part, Marañon said the Negros First Program will work towards poverty alleviation and upliftment of the less privileged Negrenses.