The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) celebrated on Thursday its 28th years of dedicated service as protector of the people and state in Southern Tagalog and Bicol regions and agent of peace in a simple ceremony at Camp Guillermo Nakar, Lucena City.
Lieutenant General Hernando DC A. Iriberri, Commanding General of the Philippine Army was the guest of honor and speaker for the event .
“SOLCOM: 28 Taong Tapat na Serbisyo at Kaagapay ng Sambayanan Tungo sa Kapayapaan, Kaunlaran at Kasaganaan sa Katimugang Luzon define in the most basic terms the continuing spirit that has made SOLCOM an effective, responsive force in its Area of Responsibility," said Lt. Gen. Iriberri.
During the program, efforts of 12 deserving military personnel were awarded with military combat and admin awards while seven other individuals were recognized for various contributions to SOLCOM and the AFP in peace and development in the region.
The Southern Luzon Command is under the leadership of Major General Ricardo R. Visaya, the 28th commander since its activation on January 1, 1987.
This anniversary highlighted some accomplishments during the previous year and early 2015 particularly the declaration of Catanduanes and Camarines Norte in Region 5 as “Conflict Manageable and Ready for Further Development” provinces. This is due to the relentless effort of soldiers under SOLCOM in neutralizing threats in the countryside in partnership with local government units as well as giving solution to poverty and ignorance, the roots of insurgency, through its Bayanihan Team Activities in the NPA influenced barangays (villages).
To cite the highlights of its thrusts, the Southern Luzon Command has applied its strength and strategy to accomplish the following:
Achieved further weakening of the CPP-NDF-NPA armed component with the neutralization of 112 regular members as well preventing recruitment.
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Increased partnership with stakeholders, as numerous development undertakings have sustained interaction and built strong relationships
The focused operations have built confidence in the business sector of the region that they will continue to be protected from enemy depredations. In fact, in CY 2014, there were no incidents of sabotage activities recorded.
Another area which has benefitted from strong partnerships is the actions in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Operations, with the consolidated effort to build people-centered disaster-resilient communities.
“After 28 years, SOLCOM moves forward to making more peace efforts in its regions by creating strong bonds with its stakeholders, building up communities and bringing the services of the government closer to the people,” said Major General Visaya. “Peace is no longer a dream but a reality easily imaginable with SOLCOM and its stakeholders,” he added.