Tabak Troopers recognized in 65th anniversary celebration of Zamboanga Del Sur

Kuta Cesar L Sang-An, Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur, September 13, 2017 – The Provincial Government of Zamboanga Del Sur gave tribute to awarded “most outstanding” soldiers and police personnel during the 65th Araw ng Zamboanga del Sur, Peace and Order Night.

This year’s the uniformed personnel who give extraordinary efforts in the provincial government’s campaign in maintaining peace and order in the whole region were recognized on September 13, 2017 with the event theme: “Padayon nga Kauswagan, Seguridad sa Katawhan Ampingan.”

Brigadier General Nixon M. Fortes, Assistant Division Commander for Administration and Logistics of the Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, with staff officers from line and OPCON units attended the event at the Provincial Government Center, Dao, Pagadian City.

The Peace and Order Night was part of the weeklong celebration of the founding anniversary of Province of Zamboanga del Sur led by Zamboanga del Sur Governor Antonio H. Cerilles.

BGen. Fortes represented BGen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of 1ID, PA and Joint Task Force Marawi, as the Guest of Honor and Keynote speaker of the event.

BGen. Fortes stated his appreciation for the untiring support of the provincial government of Zamboanga Del Sur in the campaign against on illegal drugs and counter insurgency in the region. He encouraged everyone to revive the sense of urgency of the people of Zamboanga del Sur to maintain peace and order.

“As we continue the fight for peace and progress, we ask for your cooperation and unending support. We will not only win the peace, but we will secure the peace as well”, BGen. Fortes said.

The highlight of the occasion was the awarding of the Most Outstanding Officers and personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police assigned in the province.

The three Tabak Troopers who were recognized because of their “extraordinary effort to attain peace and order in their area of operation” are: Lt. Col. Virgilio C. Hamos, Jr., Commanding Officer of 53rd Infantry Battalion; 1Lt. Jose Aristheo M. Pamor, Commanding Officer of Alpha Company, 55th Infantry Battalion; and Cpl. Edmundo G. Tayrus, Civil-Military Operation officer, Charlie Company, 44th Infantry Battalion.

“This occasion can build harmonious relationships among the AFP and PNP who are at the frontlines of bringing peace and order to our local communities,” BGen. Fortes said.

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