BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command has conferred the Gawad Kalinaw plaque and campaign streamer on the 79th Infantry Battalion for the dismantling of the New People’s Army Northern Negros Front recently.
Lt. Gen. Roberto Ancan, AFP Central Command chief, a Negrense, assisted by Col. Michael Samson, deputy commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, led the conferment of awards on July 27 at the 79IB headquarters in Brgy. Bato, Sagay City, and they were received by Lt. Col. J-Jay Javines, the battalion commander.
Five 79IB soldiers also received Silver Cross medals for their gallantry in action during the conduct of several focused military operations in northern Negros.
Ancan lauded the 79IB troopers for their relentless efforts that led to the dismantling of the NPA Northern Negros Front.
“Now that you have achieved your goal in dismantling the Northern Negros Front, your next mission is to protect the gains, prevent the NPA recovery efforts, and sustain peace and development in northern Negros,” he told the 79IB troopers.
“Let these gains serve as an inspiration for us to strive more, not only to win the peace, but to pave the way for new opportunities for Negrenses,” Ancan said.
Javines expressed his appreciation to past 79IB commanders for their efforts that led to the dismantling of NPA guerilla fronts.
“We are very much honored by this award, and this would not have been possible without the support of our stakeholders and peace-loving constituents in northern Negros,” he added.
Early this year, the AFP Central Command also declared to have dismantled the South East Front of the Komiteng Rehiyonal-Negros/ Cebu/Bohol/Siqujor, in Negros Oriental.*