CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – The 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army celebrates its 50th founding anniversary with the theme: “50 years of Excellence in Serving the People and Securing the Land” with Secretary Delfin N Lorenzana of the Department of National Defense (DND) as the guest of honor and speaker held at 4ID Gymnasium, Camp Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
A modest yet meaningful golden anniversary was celebrated with some dignitaries from the Armed Forces of the Philippines led by Gen Felimon T Santos Jr, the Chief of Staff of the AFP and MGen Jose C Faustino Jr, Commander, Eastern Mindanao Command. Likewise, Secretary Martin Andanar of PCOO and other Undersecretaries from the government agencies, Governors, Mayors, Regional Directors, former Commanders of 4ID, valor awardees and some local leaders from the IP and youth sectors, media and other key stakeholders were also present and gave their full support to 4ID.
At around 7:00 o’clock in the morning, a wreath laying activity was conducted with BGen Rogelio F Villanueva (Ret) the 19th Commander of 4ID together with MGen Franco Nemesio M Gacal, Commander 4ID to give honor and respect to the gallant deeds and sacrifices of the fallen diamond troopers.
Noteworthy accomplishments of 4ID mentioned during the commander’s report covering the period from calendar year 2019-2020 are the clearing of 151 affected barangays, neutralization of 2,402 regular CPP-NPA Terrorist and Militia ng Bayan, recovery of 1,177 assorted high powered and low powered firearms, 186 hideouts overrun and the dismantling of Weakened Guerrilla Front 14 in Surigao del Sur. Likewise various civic actions and community relations activities in partnership with stakeholders anchored in the Whole-of-Nation Approach, Executive order #70 of the government had paved way for peace and development in the conflict affected areas in Regions 10 and 13.
The activity highlights the awarding of deserving military personnel, civilian employee and partner stakeholders wherein 16 diamond troopers received awards both combat and administrative, one CAFGU Active Auxiliary, as CAA for the year 2019, two best ROTC cadet and cadette, two ROTC unit of year 2019, two best civilian employee and recognition to eight partner stakeholders from the LGUs, LGAs, Media and People’s Organization.
Meanwhile, Secretary Delfin N Lorenzana the guest of honor and speaker said, “Congratulations to 4ID on your golden founding anniversary. You have shown an impressive accomplishment and I enjoin every diamond troopers to sustain your gains. Continue to live up to the ideals of being a diamond soldier as icons of strength and power, at the same time the embodiment of professionalism and integrity. “Let us all actively support the whole-of-nation approach in ending insurgency in the attainment of social progress, sustainable peace, and economic development in the regions of Caraga and Northern Mindanao. Congratulations, diamond troopers!”, Lorenzana added.
MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, the Commander of 4ID said, “The 4ID’s triumphs for 50 years is a result of the sterling leadership and selfless commitment to service of all the commanders and diamond troopers who gave their time, best effort and even sacrificed their lives for the accomplishment of our mission. Rest assured that 4ID will remain your reliable partner in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace and development.”
I would like to acknowledge the significant support of various stakeholders who have been earnestly supporting the Division’s efforts for peace and development and have been instrumental in attaining just and lasting peace in Regions 10 and 13,” Gacal ended.