Army Reservists Celebrate Achievements, Receive New Vehicle

Sgt. Nelson L. Dayanghirang, Jr., the youngest son of the provincial governor of Davao Oriental, received a commendation medal along with 29 other awardees on December 17, Sunday.

DAVAO ORIENTAL—More than 800 reservists of the 1104th Ready Reserve Battalion celebrated their contributions in sustaining peace and order in the province of Davao Oriental.

During their unit’s awarding ceremony and Christmas party on December 17 held at the Government Center, Dahican, City of Mati, 30 reservists received commendation medal for “sustaining culture of peace in an insurgency-free Davao Oriental”. One of the awardee is Sgt. Nelson L. Dayanghirang, Jr., the youngest son of the provincial governor of Davao Oriental, who at the same time the 1104th Ready Reserve Battalion Commander – Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang.

Vice Governor Niño L. Uy led the pinning of commendation medals to army reservists.

In time for the awarding ceremony and Christmas party is the ceremonial turnover of a “combat” vehicle to the unit from the Provincial Government.

Vice Governor Niño L. Uy who represented Governor Nelson Dayanghirang, turned-over the key of the vehicle to LTC Aldrin Dupaya, who represented Group Commander of 11RCDG ARESCOM Col. Maning Tawantawan. On VG Uy’s left are: MSgt. Gregory Dukil, general manager of Davao Oriental Electric Cooperative (DORECO), a reservist and is one of the awardee; Sgt. Nelson L. Dayanghirang, Jr.; Ret. Major Hermie Montelibano, Provincial CSU Head; and, Jeff Dayanghirang, Senior Administrative Assistant III of the Provincial Governor’s Office.

1104th Community Defense Center Director Lt. Col. Ronie Morimoto said this is the first vehicle of their battalion which they have been anticipating for years. He thanked Governor Dayanghirang as this vehicle can be used in many other purposes, especially in terms of disaster response and rescue operations.

During the celebration, Morimoto also took time in congratulating the reservist troops for their achievements. The Ready Reserve Battalion has been adjudged as best ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) unit in year 2015 and 2016, and was hailed champion in rifle tactical inspection, among others.

LTC Ronie Morimoto (right), Director of 1104th Community Defense Center, escorts Sgt. Nelson Dayanghirang Jr. (center) and Ret. Major Hermie Montelibano (left) to the stage during the awarding ceremony.

Meanwhile, recognizing the importance of the combat uniform in carrying out the function of an army reservist, Governor Dayanghirang has previously promised to provide free uniforms to 800 active cadets of the battalion by next year.

The Governor, in a speech delivered for him by Vice Governor Niño L. Uy, expressed his support to the upcoming endeavors of the battalion and urged the reservists to continue serving the people of Davao Oriental by making themselves a model in practicing good governance. “We strive to lead by example because we know that this will win over the participation of our constituents and the support of the national government agencies, the private sector, and the non-government organizations that can multiply the benefits of sound projects. I am deeply happy that our people are now imbibing the culture of excellence in good governance. The people of Davao Oriental deserve good governance and quality services from the government. Let us keep on making our people proud of our good governance achievement and happy as well for the services that we continue to deliver. Let us remain steadfast in bringing our province at the prime. Let us propel Davao Oriental to heights we have never before reached”.

Col. Ramon Zagala, Commander of the 28th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, enumerated important roles of the army reservists in maintaining peace and order in the province.

Col. Ramon Zagala, Commander of the Philippine Army’s 28th Infantry Battalion, has likewise lauded the reservists for “serving the country in a capacity of a uniformed personnel” even without salary compensation. Nevertheless, he underscored that by being in the Ready Reserve Battalion, each cadet has learned leadership and teamwork, among others.

The army reservists.

“The army reservists are being prepared in the eventuality of war, disaster response, and contribute in countering terrorism. When wearing your uniform, you should bear confidence and assertiveness so you can defend your own ideas, so that you can contribute not just here in the battalion but wherever you maybe. Let the fire of commitment burn ever stronger,” Zagala said. By Riza M. Golez/ Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

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