The provincial government of Negros Occidental and a Negrense Army colonel were among the 24 military personnel and civilians honored during the 119th Philippine Army founding anniversary rites held at Fort Bonifacio in Metro Manila yesterday.
President Benigno Aquino III led the presentation of awards and plaques of recognition to those who have contributed to the accomplishment of the Philippine Army's vision.
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. received an Outstanding Stakeholder Award from President Aquino, who was assisted by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Hernando Irriberi and Army chief Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año, in recognition of the provincial government's valuable and unending support under his leadership, that contributed significantly to the attainment of 3rd Infantry Division's mission to have a secured environment conducive to sustainable development and just lasting peace in Regions 6,7 and 18.
Through the efforts also of Marañon and its Provincial Peace Integration Development Unit, former rebels in Negros Occidental have been extended financial and livelihood assistance to help rebuild their lives, while returning to the mainstream society, since 2010.
Negrense Col. Juvymax Uy, commander of Task Force Zamboanga, was also conferred the Philippine Legion of Honor (Degree of Legionnaire) by President Aquino for his “exceptionally meritorious and valuable service rendered” as chief of the Army's Intelligence Security Group.
The other awardees were Col. Cirilito Sobejana (Gawad sa Kaunlaran) and Col. Francisco Millare (Oustanding Achievement Medal)
Sobejana, who is the commander of the Army's 601st Infantry Brigade in Mindanao, used to be assigned at the 11th Infantry Battalion in northern Negros.
Millare, meanwhile, was also formerly assigned also in northern Negros as company commander of the 78th Infantry Battalion.*GPB
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