Former 10th ID spokesman now battalion commander

THE NEWLY appointed commander of 67th Infantry Battalion vowed to sustain the gains of the unit over the last years.

Lt. Col. Jacob Thaddeus Obligado, who was once the 10th Infantry Division spokesperson, took over the command from Lt. Col. Michele Anayron during the change of command ceremony in Barangay Salingcomot in Baganga town on Friday.

The ceremony was presided by Maj. Gen. Rafael C. Valencia, commander of 10th Infantry Division.

In the official page of the local government of Davao Oriental, Obligado said his leadership will take off from the army’s existing and new strategies on peace campaign — the Internal Peace and Security Plan Bayanihan which has now been replaced by the Development Support and Security Plan Kapayapaan – a new campaign wherein the Armed Forces of the Philippines will sustain the peace and internal stability of the country “through sustained military operations to defeat terrorist, support to law enforcement in the campaign against illegal drugs and organized crimes, and actively contribute to peace promotion and nation-building.”

In his message, he talked about several crucial elements in the pursuit of permanent and lasting peace.

“These imperatives are respect for human rights, international humanitarian law and the rule of law,” he said. “Our first imperative is our commitment that soldiers are duty-bound to serve the community’s rights and the laws of the land. It is our responsibility to fulfill these obligations.”

“A good citizen will always abide by the laws of the land and will not be a headache to the government and community,” he added.

He also emphasized the stakeholders’ active participation in the peace efforts.

“Stakeholders engagement means that we cannot perform our tasks and accomplish our mission without the community’s involvement and participation and I can see how Lt. Col. Anayron performed these tasks through participation, collaboration and coordination of all the stakeholders,” he further said.

Obligado was formerly assigned in Davao region as commander of 10th Civil-Military Operation (CMO) Battalion. Then he was assigned as Intelligence Officer at Eastern Mindanao Command.

Meanwhile, Anayron received the military merit medal handed over by Valencia.

Anayron was recognized for his initiatives not only in addressing the insurgency problem in his area of responsibility but also in introducing development programs in the communities, which have been accomplished through partnership with all stakeholders – a strategy adopted by his predecessors which he further strengthened and sustained.

Among the celebrated community development projects that he helped initiate was the construction of four classrooms in Sitio Sunlon, Barangay San Isidro and Sitio Casunungan, Barangay Mahanub, in Baganga town, through partnership with ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya Foundation.

He also facilitated the establishment of livelihood projects in some barangays and partnered with various donor organizations that provided sewing machines and bakery set to local schools’ Alternative Learning System Program.

“I was given the opportunity to command a unit that was trained and transformed into a model Peace and Development Outreach Program-operating unit of the army,” Anayron said.

Valencia, for his part, gave his total support for Obligado owing to his “vast experiences and charisma.”

“Jake, under your leadership, I entrust   67th IB, the morale and welfare of the Agila troops and their dependents, and the peace and security of various areas within your battalion’s area of responsibility,” he said.

The 67th Infantry Battalion covers the area of Davao Oriental’s first district and three other municipalities at the provinces boundaries of Lingig, Surigao city, Trento, Agusan del Sur and Compostela, Compostela Valley.

In related news, Brig. Gen. Bienvenido Datuin Jr. relinquished his command to Col. Reuben Basiao, as the newly appointed commander of 701st Infantry Brigade during a change of command at the headquarters, Poblacion, Mati city on Jan. 20.

On the same day, Lt. Col. Gilbert Ruiz was replaced by Lt. Col. Palmer Parungao as the commander of 66th Infantry Battalion during a turnover ceremony at headquarters in Barangay Cabinuangan, New Bataan, Comval.

The 73rd Infantry Battalion also has a new commander under the leadership of Lt. Col. Felix Ronnie Babac. He was replaced by Lt. Col. Marlon Angcao last Jan. 19 in a change of command at headquarters, Barangay Felis, Malita, Davao Occidental.

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