ALCALA, Cagayan, Jan. 20 (PIA) - - The newly installed battalion commander of the 17th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army embarked on partnership and collaboration with the civic organizations, local officials and other government officials towards his quest to end insurgency in this province and in Apayao.
Lieutenant Colonel Angelo Saguiguit, during the change of command turn over ceremony, stressed the important roles of the local chief executives of the different Local Government Units whom he referred to as "team leaders" while sectoral leaders and the law enforcers as the "team members".
"I believe that peace and security is a shared responsibility. Every sector has to take part and contribute to the fight against the menace of our society," Saguiguit said.
He also lauded the significant accomplishments of his predecessor, Lieutenant Colonel Jesus Pagala, who led the "Do or Die" battalion in various operations and community support programs against the rebel groups that resulted in the surrender of a number of regular New People's Army (NPA) members and "militia ng bayan".
Pagala received two merit medals for his meritorious and invaluable service and for leading the battalion in 13 battalion initiated operations, three company size, three platoon size, and 1,188 small unit operations which resulted in the arrest and surrender of high ranking NPA officials including their high powered firearms.
He also initiated various humanitarian programs to include tree planting, medical and dental, bloodletting and youth leadership summits.
"It is a mission accomplish on our part and we attain our objective to reduce the manpower and equipage of the rebel group," Pagala said.
Pagala was also lauded for leading the 17th IB in various encounters and military operations against the NPAs with zero combat casualty during his stint as the commander.
Pagala has served two years as battalion commander of the 21st Infantry battalion in Sulu in 2017 and the 17th IB in this province while Saguiguit served as executive officer of the 502nd brigade before he was assigned as the new commander of the 17th IB. Pagala will lead a unit at the 5th Infantry Division. (ALM/MDCT/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)