Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria received yesterday the “Gawad Masaligan” award from the 79 th Infantry Battalion (Masaligan), based in Siaton, Negros Oriental.
City Administrator William Ablong posted on Facebook that Sagarbarria was deeply moved upon learning that he's going to receive the award, adding it is not only for him but to honor Dumagueteños, too .
He said the award, that was received by Ablong, is the 26 th for the city under the present administration, and has given him a sense of pride, and of humility, that will forever be treasured.
The award was in recognition of Sagarbarria's support in raising the level of capability and quality of service of the Masaligan Battalion. It was presented by Major Gen Rey Leonardo Guerrero, commander of the 3 rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army; 302 nd Brigade commander Alan Martin, and Masaligan Battalion commander Harold Anthony Pascua.
The Visayan Forum Foundation Inc. and Oriental Negros Children's Advocacy Network were also given certificates of appreciation for their valuable service to the community.*RG
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