28th IB’s new commanding officer vows leadership, sustained gains

CHANGE OF COMMAND: Outgoing 28th IB commander Lt. Col. Benjamin Daniel Tianco (left) shakes  hand with the new commander Lt. Col. Ramon P. Zagala (right) at the change of command ceremony officiated by Major General Rafael C. Valencia, Commander of the 10th Infantry Division.

CHANGE OF COMMAND: Outgoing 28th IB commander Lt. Col. Benjamin Daniel Tianco (left) shakes hand with the new commander Lt. Col. Ramon P. Zagala (right) at the change of command ceremony officiated by Major General Rafael C. Valencia, Commander of the 10th Infantry Division.

PROVINCE OF DAVAO ORIENTAL – The new Commanding Officer of the 28th Infantry Battalion under the 701st Brigade of the Philippine Army, Lt. Col. Ramon P. Zagala, vowed to provide a leadership that will sustain the gains so far achieved by the battalion in terms of peace and development.

During the change of command ceremony held in the 28th IB Headquarters in Brgy. Dawan, City of Mati on Tuesday, April 12, the incoming commander said he wants to continue and boost the programs started by his predecessors that led the military in securing a strong foothold in peace and development here.

The new Commanding Officer of the 28th Infantry Battalion under the 701st Brigade of the Philippine Army, Lt. Col. Ramon P. Zagala.

The new Commanding Officer of the 28th Infantry Battalion under the 701st Brigade of the Philippine Army, Lt. Col. Ramon P. Zagala.

In order to do this, he pledged to his fellow soldiers that he will provide a leadership that will motivate and empower them in order to be successful in their mission which is to protect the people and the sovereignty.

Highlighting leadership, he hopes to fulfill their mission with fervor and dedication. “Leadership is inherent to all of us, not just our officers as everyone is imbued with leadership. Our people expect that we lead them to the right path. I hope that you would give me your support,” he told the soldiers of the battalion.

Major General Valencia awards a military merit medal interim to distinguish service star to 28th IB Outgoing Commander Lt. Col. Tianco.

Major General Valencia awards a military merit medal interim to distinguish service star to 28th IB Outgoing Commander Lt. Col. Tianco.

Meanwhile, completing his two-year stint as battalion commander, outgoing officer Lt. Col. Benjamin Daniel Tianco bids his battalion farewell with outpouring thanks to all those who have influenced his work as commander, particularly the local officials, his commanding officers, senior officers and staff, among others.

Highlighting his overwhelming gratitude to Davao Oriental Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, Tianco said that all of the military’s endeavors would not have been possible without the support coming from the Provincial Government as well as the local government units.  “We in the military are mere bridges to the people,” he said. “Thank you for your unending and unrelenting support to the 28th IB and in believing in us of what we can achieve,” said Tianco conveying his thanks to Governor Malanyaon.

“I consider myself lucky to have been assigned here in Davao Oriental. You have made our task easier,” he added.

Completing his two-year stint as battalion commander, outgoing officer Lt. Col. Benjamin Daniel Tianco bids his battalion farewell with outpouring thanks to all those who have influenced his work as commander

Completing his two-year stint as battalion commander, outgoing officer Lt. Col. Benjamin Daniel Tianco bids his battalion farewell with outpouring thanks to all those who have influenced his work as commander

“I hope I had fulfilled the expectation in serving the people of Davao Oriental and had been able to contribute to the lasting peace and sustainable development. I hope that I have done something for the unit and had perform my duty in serving our people.”

Noted for his various achievements during his stint battalion commander, including his active role in the implementation of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) for former rebels, Tianco received the military merit medal interim to distinguish service star.  

Major General Rafael C. Valencia, Commander of the 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, who officiated the change of command ceremony, extended his best wishes for both officers in their new respective posts.

He urged both commanders to do their best in their future endeavors.  He encouraged them to help bring united efforts towards securing peace and prosperity through collaboration with all sectors of society. “In partnership with the people, the local government of Davao Oriental and other stakeholders we have to unite all our efforts towards finding credible and lasting solutions to allow progress and development,” said Valencia. By KLD/ Photos by Eden Jhan Licayan

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