SCENE CITY| Kagitingan brigade marks 7th year in winning peace

CELEBRATING years of strengthened performance as protectors of the people and vanguards for development, the 701st Infantry Kagitingan Brigade of the Philippine Army marked its 7th reactivation anniversary last September 15, 2015 at 701st Brigade Headquarters in the City of Mati.

During the celebration, 701st Brigade Commander Col. Bienvenido R. Datuin, Jr. lauded the concerted efforts and support of all stakeholders in peace and development in the province who have been helping the military in upholding its mission of protecting and serving the people of Davao Oriental.

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DAVAO Oriental Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon with Col Casiano Monilla, asst. Division Commander – 10th Infantry Division

Tapping the support and resources from various sectors, Datuin listed several accomplishments of his brigade in terms of Civil-Military Operations that have significantly made impact in peace and development. These include a series of Youth Leadership Summits in the barangay level, Indigenous People Summit, Project Shoebox, Youth for Peace Movement Candle Lighting for Peace, and Former Rebel Summits, among many others. In addition, the military also actively implements the Peace and Development Outreach Program (PDOP), where soldiers are immersed in the communities by bringing in basic government services to the people.

Datuin also elatedly reported the brigade’s milestone in its Performance Governance System Pathway by reaching the first two stages of its Army Transformation Roadmap Program, namely the initiated and compliant stages, both achieved in merely three months. “This is considered fast by the experts in governance and strategy management office at the Headquarters of the Philippine Army,” Datuin stated.

“The Army Transformation Roadmap is the ultimate factor for the people to believe in the military’s changed image and honest intentions for peace and development,” says Col. Datuin, adding that there is no amount of infrastructure improvement that can surpass the essence of discipline, patriotism, honor and duty.

Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, who was guest speaker during the anniversary program, highlighted the strong convergence between the Provincial Government and the military. “The Philippine Army has fully embraced and supported the Provincial Government’s development direction and has even become effective implementers of our development programs and projects”.

She cited that the extent of the strong collaboration and partnership the Provincial Government and the Philippine Army have forged was tested when Super Typhoon Pablo struck the province of Davao Oriental. “You were with us in all disaster operations—search and rescue, relief operations and early recovery moments. You are also still with us in the rehabilitation processes,” she added.

“We have worked on mutual trust. Indeed, we have created a synergy characterized by a shared passion on attaining goals and levels of commitment resulting to a very strong collaboration not only between and among us in the local government units but also among other national agencies, non-government organizations and other peace and development stakeholders”.

Highlighting the celebration was the awarding of plaques to soldiers who have exhibited excellence in their line of duty as well as various individuals who have exerted efforts for peace and development. Handing over the awards was Col. Casiano Monilla, Assistant Division Commander of the 10th Infantry Division.   Photos credits: Eden Jhan Licayan

WOMEN AT WORK

A road marker underscores women participation in community development as Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer Tita Limbudan Sam leads her co-volunteers in the concreting of a 240 Linear Meter Barangay Road in Centro Barangay Little Baguio, Malita, Davao Occidental. The construction was made possible through a funding of Php 1,479.823.00 from DSWD’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

Along with her fellow volunteers, Tita is immensely grateful to Kalahi-CIDSS for accessing opportunities to women. “Before, our roles and responsibilities were limited to the four corners of our homes. With Kalahi-CIDSS activities, women participation heightened, advancing our significant contribution in community development.”

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