CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental-The 58th Infantry Battalion (IB) of the 4th Infantry Division(4th ID) Philippine Army has new Commander in the name of LtCol.Christian C. Uy who once a spokesman of 4th ID before. LtCol. Ricky L.Canatoy on Friday relinquished his post as the Commanding Officer of the 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion in a turnover and change of command ceremony before the commander of the 4th ID MGen. Wilbur C. Mamawag who presided the ceremony .
The Change of Command is a military tradition that signifies the formal transfer of power and responsibility for a unit from one Commanding Officer to another once the Battalion Commander has completed his tour of duty. The passing of colors, standards, and ensigns from an outgoing to incoming commander signifies authority, duty, and loyalty. This also implies that the Officer in charge must keep on and lead the unit in order for it to continue fulfilling its duty of “Serving the People, Securing the Land.”
MGen Mamawag commended LtCol.Canatoy for his leadership, which resulted in the unit’s various accomplishments during his stint as battalion commander for 2 years and 7 months.
“I congratulate and commend you for your almost perfect fitting the definition of a true leader. For more than 2 years,you shown that you are not just a peace and order partner, but a true leader of the Dimalulupig Troopers.”Gen.Mamawag in his statement referring to the outgoing commander.
In a Press statement,it said that during Canatoy’s stint, the unit was able to dismantle 3 Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) units: Guerilla Front Huawei, independent Platoon Ryan, and independent Platoon Falcon, all of Sub Regional Committee 1, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (SRC1, NCMRC) which made significant progress in maintaining peace and order and capability development in Eastern Misamis Oriental and Camiguin Province. He was also able to carry on the awareness campaign against violent extremism and Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) as an active response to foil deceptive recruitment among the youth, the burning of construction equipment, resource generation (extortion), the killing of IP leaders, and other hostile CTG plans. Furthermore, the unit was able to restore four communities that had previously been CTG liars.
MGen Mamawag, on the other hand, expressed confidence in the new commander, saying, “I am looking forward to hearing and reading about the successes and accomplishments of 58IB under your baton, and I am confident in your skills and abilities.” God bless your leadership.
To all Dimalulupig Troopers, I hope you will support LtCol UY in the same way you supported LtCol Canatoy. Through our continuous and sustained efforts, we won’t stop at just toppling down the CTGs, we must be able to ensure that after destroying them, we will not give them any chance to recover, re-arm and re-group. We will make sure that they will remain on the ground unable to do what they used to do—and that is to sow violence and terrorism in our area of responsibility. Nonetheless, we will give a chance to those who want to peacefully surrender, return to the folds of the law and regain the hopes and dreams they have lost back when they were deceived by the ill promises of the CTGs”
LtCol Uy welcomed the challenge of sustaining his predecessor’s gains. Hon. Mayor Meraluna L Salvaleon-Abrogar, Mayor Claveria, Misamis Oriental, District Board Members, LGUs, NGOs, stakeholders, military personnel, and personalities from the Province of Misamis Oriental were also present.