DAVAO DEL NORTE (PIA) - Plaques of appreciation and medals of honor were conferred by the 60th Infantry Battalion (IB) to partner-stakeholders during its recently-held 33rd Founding Anniversary of the command located at Dona Andrea in the Municipality of Asuncion.
The primary awards given was "Gawad sa Kaunlaran" for government and private sector agencies and offices which had remarkably contributed in transforming the lives of beneficiaries especially the Ata-Manobo residents in the hinterlands of Barangay Gupitan in Kapalong.
The 60th IB also bestowed to partner-stakeholders the Parangal sa Kapanalig and honor medals particularly to those who had gone to the village of Tapayanon that it discovered early this year, and nurtured through stakeholder engagement using the whole-of-nation approach of converging services.
"We are winning the war," 60th IB commander, Lt. Col Gilbert Ombos said as he expressed his gratitude for the support of partner-stakeholders that included government offices such as the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); and civic organizations particularly the Mindanao Peace Council, Kiwanis Matahum Dabaw, JCI Duwaling, Rotary Club of Tagum North, Football for Humanity, Maharlika Sports Development Institute, Negrense Volunteer Corporation, ACDI Multi-purpose Cooperative-Tagum, One Heart for Hope and Quota International, among others.
Ombos attributed the success of winning NPA-influenced communities to the support of local government units of Davao del Norte, to the national government and its national line agencies aside from the private sector.
He also extended the same gratitude to his troopers and to the higher commands: the 1001st Infantry Brigade under the command of Col John V. Oberio and 10th Infantry Division of Major General Jose C. Faustino Jr.
In his address, Faustino lauded the 60th IB for exemplifying the "truest definition of excellent service and highest commitment" and for giving spirit to the Mediator logo represented by a dove that "symbolizes purity of their passion and love for service".
"To Lt Col. Ombos and predecessors, thank you for keeping and fulfilling the expectation of the command, the people you are serving and your unit," he said. "60 IB with its excellent accomplishment is truly a reflection of your leadership and the snappy contribution of your mediator troopers," he said addressing the commanders.
Faustino reciprocated with gratitude the contribution that partners had pitched in to ensure success of the command. "Let us recognize and offer our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to the contributors of your units' successful endeavors," he said. (PIA XI/ Jeanevive Duron-Abangan)