CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, 4 August (PIA) - The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army, turned 29 on August 1, 2017.
Major General Harold N. Cabreros, Vice Commander, Philippine Army, recognized the heroism of the men and women of the 8th ID for its three decades of steadfast commitment as the protector and servant of the people in Eastern Visayas, and the whole country.
The army held a wreathlaying in honor of the fallen comrade-in-arms and in recognition of the soldiers' heroism and ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of peace in Eastern Visayas and in Mindanao.
Surviving families attended the solemn ritual led by the guest of honor and the host commander.
Another highlight was the awarding of deserving personnel who have shown meritorious achievement in both combat and non-combat role that significantly contributed to the overall success of the command's mission.
In addition, civilian stakeholders, who contributed to the accomplishments of the Command mission, such as: PCSupt. Elmer C. Beltejar, Regional Director, PNP Regional Office 8 who was represented by PSSupt. Nicerio D. Obaob, Regional Chief Directorial Staff; Hon. Sharee Ann T. Delos Santos, Regional Peace and Order Chairperson; Hon. Edgar Mary Sarmiento; Mr. Leonardo R. Sibbaluca, Regional Director, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 8; Hon. Vivian P. Alvarez, Municipal Mayor, Oras, Eastern Samar; Mrs. Imelda Ty Tipay, Principal, Las Navas National High School, Las Navas, Northern Samar; Mr. Rod Laurean D. Suan, former municipal mayor of Allen, Northern Samar; Ms. Imelda C. Bonifacio, Regional PAMANA Program Manager, OPAPP; and Ms. Christine C. Caidic, President 8ID MSAB were also awarded with plaques of recognition.
“May your celebration today motivate you more, continue to serve with excellence, remain a witness in giving public service, with the same high standards you have set upon yourselves for the past 29 years,” Cabreros said.
This year’s anniversary theme is, Disiplinadong Hukbong Katihan sa Silangang Bisayas, Kasangga ng Pamayanan sa Pagsulong ng Katiwasyan at Kaunlaran. (ajc/nbq/PIA8-Samar with 1LT CHERRY M JUNIA (FS) PA, Chief, DPAO)