Phil. Army’s 48IB celebrates its 31st anniversary

March 19, 2012 7:31 am 

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija, March 18 – The 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division’s 48th Infantry (Guardian) Battalion based in Baler, Aurora on Saturday celebrated its 31st anniversary.

Aurora Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo and Brig. Gen Alan R. Luga, commander of the 7th Infantry Division served as guest of honor.

The celebration which banners the theme “Kapakanan Mo, Pangangalagaan Ko” recapitulates the capabilities and different roles of the Guardians battalion through the years in maintaining peace and order in the area as well as its significant contribution to national development, particularly in Aurora.

The event was highlighted with the awarding of certificate of recognition and appreciation to the civilian stakeholders and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for their vital contribution to the Philippine Army.

“The people of Aurora recognized the help and support of the Philippine Army, 48th Infantry Battalion in particular under the leadership of Lt. Col. Kurt Decapia. The Army is not only focusing their effort on military combat operations but they served as a window to pursue non-combat initiatives and bring the people closer to the government,” Angara-Castillo said.

This effort, through the Bayanihan scheme, strengthens a closer collaboration with the stakeholders to intensify linkages and strengthen working relations with the people in achieving the goal of preserving the peace and development in the province. Because of these, the effect of the outstanding peace and order situation in the province caused some domino effects to other economic activities, the governor also said.

Significantly, the province was adjudged to have the lowest crime rate in the whole of Central Luzon in 2009 which opened better tourism and economic opportunities.

"Thus, the recent Aurora rising in terms of tourism and peace and order will not be possible without the Army. With this, we will pass a resolution in favor of the soldiers’ presence in the area,” she added.

Luga, for his part, assured the governor and the people of Aurora that “we are at your their service 24/7, anytime, anywhere.” (PNA)

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