Thursday, June 18, 2020

Ensuring stability of peace and development in Leyte, Southern Leyte

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 18, 2020): Ensuring stability of peace and development in Leyte, Southern Leyte (By PIA-8)

MAHAPLAG, Leyte, June 18 (PIA) -- The 14th Infantry (Avengers) Battalion of the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, is moving to a new home in order to ensure the stability and sustainability of peace and development in Leyte and Southern Leyte.

Lt. Col. Roberto Obaob told the Philippine Information Agency that the Battalion is transferring to a more strategic location in Mahaplag, Leyte.

The groundbreaking ceremony of the new Main Command Post was held on June 16, 2020.

The guest of honor, Major General Pio Diñoso III, said the transfer from Burauen to Mahaplag is to ensure that peace in the area is maintained. Leyte, he recalled, was declared insurgent-free in December.

“This does not mean that there are no more NPAs in the area,” General Diñoso said. “It means that the insurgency problem is manageable and that Leyte is ready for further development,” he added.

Diñoso disclosed that the 14IB, the 93IB and the 802nd Infantry Brigade will remain in Leyte, Southern Leyte and Biliran.

During the occasion, the ceremonial signing of the Plans and Newspaper of the Day was done by Gen. Diñoso, Col. Zosimo Oliveros of the 802 Infantry Brigade, Lt. Col. Roberto Obaob, Gov. Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla represented by Ms. Gwendolyn Malate, Gov. Damian Mercado represented by BM Jonathan Lee Moraon and Mahaplag Mayor Daisy A. Lleve.

This was followed by the placing of the plans and newspaper in the time capsule and the lowering of capsule and covering with sand by all the guests who also included the owner of the land, Dr. Felicisimo Abuyabor Jr., Barangay Chair Arente Ciscon, and PIA-8 Director Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu.

Among the highlights was the tree planting by all the guests.

TESDA Leyte’s Vilma Arteche and Marites Asistol delivered toolkits for the carpentry trainees of the 14th IB. (PIA-8)

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