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58-IB gains support from Surigao del Sur on 23rd Founding Anniversary

Tago, Surigao Del Sur (November 11) -- The 58th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division of Philippine Army headed by LTC Benjamin Pedralvez, Jr., celebrated their 23rd Foundation Anniversary with a theme, "TEAM DIMALULUPIG FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT" last Saturday, November 8, here.

The activity was started with a Holy Mass officiated by Rev. Father Ivan Novo. Afterwhich, program proper followed highlighting the awarding ceremony of personalities in the province who made laudable contributions in upholding peace and order.

The awardees were led by Governor of Surigao del Sur, Hon. Vicente T. Pimentel, Jr.; Tago Mayor Hermenegildo Pimentel, Jr.; PNP Provincial Director P/Supt. Richard dela Rosa; Bishop Nereo Ochimar, Diocese of Tandag and Engr. Dennis Francisco, Consolidated Ores Phil. Inc. (COPI). They received Plaque of Appreciation for their untiring support to the 58IB in promoting Internal Security Operation (ISO) Campaign for peace and development provincewide.

Also received certificate of appearance were Brgy. Captain of Caras-an, Tago SDS, Hon. Ronie Ordoņa and Datu Jumar Bucales, BAGANI Force Chief (IP).

Major Gen. Ricardo A. David, Jr. of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was invited as guest of honor and speaker. But due to weather condition as reported earlier on the same day by PAG-ASA Butuan thru dxJR station of Tandag City, Typhoon 'Rolly' hits Surigao del Sur and other provinces of CARAGA Region.

However, he was instantly represented by Col. Felix J. de Castro, Deputy Brigade Commander of 402nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army.

In his speech, Col. De Castro said the battalion found out a very supportive people including the provincial government officials headed by Governor Pimentel, Local Government Units, and the local populace.

"58 IB remains to gain victory to its Internal Security Operation (ISO) campaign, 'hindi lang sa giyera', including peace and development. I will encourage also, not only the Government officials but also the local populace to continue supporting the brigade, the battalion, the Phil. Army. We will not be successful without the help of the officials of Surigao del Sur", Col. Castro added.

Meanwhile, Governor Pimentel assures the military for its continued support in fighting insurgency. "The provincial officials will continue to support the 58th IB to fight against insurgency for peace and development of the whole province", Governor Pimentel said. (PIA Surigao del Sur) [top]

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