OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental — Army’s 10th Infantry Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division in Misamis Occidental celebrated its founding anniversary with the theme: Philippine Army (PA) 122 Years of Heroism: Serving the People, Securing the Land, highlighted with peace concert and information caravan at City Hall grounds.
The capstone of the activity was the static display of the different capabilities of the Army units, where the Ozamiznons get the chance to come closer to Army soldiers, mingle and interact with them, and have photo opportunities with them for souvenirs and pleasant memories.
On display are photo exhibits of Marawi Siege, PA heroes, kinetic and static displays of the latest PA capabilities particularly weapons, force protection gears, transportation assets of Army, Simba vehicle, rescue equipment and other combat essential gadgets and equipment.
The annual celebration aimed not only to showcase the various entertainment, talents and skills of the soldiers but as well as to demonstrate the capability development and the Army’s significant accomplishments.
This year’s celebration also aimed to recognize the men and women behind the uniform who have been tirelessly working to help in bringing about lasting peace and sustainable socio-economic development in the province.
In his welcome remarks, 10th Infantry Battalion commanding officer Lieutenant John Andrada said this is to connect the Army to the people of Ozamiz City and as their simple appreciation to all the Filipino soldiers of their sacrifices.
“We always endeavor to really let the constituents know your Philippine Army and encourage the people of Ozamiz to know their soldiers,” Andrada said.
He also said, “Pinapakilala po namin at pinakikita yung ating mga kagamitan kung paano po na mo modernized ang inyong kasundulohan para po i-maintain ang peace security sa ano mang dako po ng Pilipinas para po makita nyo na “your Army is evolving, transforming, and this your hero.”
“We are at your service and we are here to secure the land, the whole Philippines and the Ozamiz City,” said Andrada.
In her keynote speech, City Mayor Irene Luansing thanked the Philippine Army for choosing Ozamiz City as one of the venues for the peace concert and info caravan.
She further said that the 122nd year anniversary of the Philippine Army is also in time with the 150 years’ birthday anniversary of the late Emilio Aguinaldo, the father of the Philippine movement and the former president of the Philippines.
Captain Clint Antipala of the 1ID Public Affairs Office (DPAO), meanwhile said, “Let us look back with pride at our achievements for the past years and look forward to more success in the coming years.”
Antipala said it is a fitting reminder to everyone that freedom does not always come free and was paid by the blood, sweat and tears of our brave heroes. “Today, we do not only look back at what we have achieved but also look forward in building sustainable partnerships for peace and development,” he said.
He also urged to continue to support the Philippine Army towards the establishment of durable peace and sustainable development, and the creation of empowered and conflict-resilient communities.
Aside from the displays, there was also entertainment in the form of rifle and band drills, puppet show and band concerts. Recruitment booth was also put up to those individuals who are interested to join the military service. (smrn/PIA Misamis Occidental)