Barangay Del Pilar, Agusan Del Norte – The 29th Infantry (MATATAG) Battalion, 4th Infantry (DIAMOND) Division, Philippine Army welcomes its new Commanding Officer during the Change of Command Ceremony with MGEN WILBUR C MAMAWAG, PA, Commander of 4th Infantry (DIAMOND) Division, Philippine Army as presiding officer held at Headquarters, 29th Infantry (MATATAG) Battalion in P-4 Barangay Del Pilar, Cabadbaran City, Agusan Del Norte.
COL JASON M SALDUA, the outgoing Commanding officer commended the men and women of MATATAG Battalion for their efforts and accomplishments they have shown in pursuit of internal peace and security operations in North Eastern Mindanao most particularly in Agusan Del Norte. In his speech, “Your hard work catapulted us into success amidst hurdling the dreadful covid-19 pandemic and even ferocity of natural calamities like Bagyong Odettte that brought challenges to everyone. You remain true to your moniker “MATATAG”. Furthermore, it’s more than eleven months since I assumed my post and with span of my duty your uncompressing dedication and strong faith to end the long decade reign of terror of the CPP-NPA of Northern Eastern Mindanao”.
LTC CRESENCIO C GARGAR is the new Commanding Officer of 29th Infantry “Matatag’’ Battalion. On his speech, “I would like to express my profound gratitude and appreciation for the trust and confidence for designating me as the Commanding Officer of 29th Infantry ” MATATAG” Battalion. As your new Battalion Commander, I will intensify the programs and activities with our partner stakeholders to attain a common goal of securing peace and development in the area and I will do my best through the help of the troops of the “MATATAG.”
Further, MGEN WILBUR C MAMAWAG PA called on the members of Communist Terrorists Group to return to the mainstream society. He said “our door is wide to open to accept our CNT brothers and sisters to surrender and return to the government side, so they can be with their families and live with peace. Let us give peace of chance. Let us regain the hopes and dreams of the people of Caraga”.
The change of command ceremony was witnessed by Hon. Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante, the Provincial Governor of Agusan Del Norte and other Partner Stakeholders.