Bancasi, Butuan City – the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade of the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division welcomed the newly installed Regional Director of the Police Regional Office (PRO) Caraga during his courtesy visit this morning, Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Headquarters 402nd Brigade, Brgy Bancasi, Butuan City.

The 402nd Infantry Brigade led by Col Maurito L Licudine, the Brigade Commander, together with his Officers and Enlisted Personnel warmly welcomed Police Brigadier General Joselito T Esquivel Jr, a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1988 and former District Director of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO). He is the 18th Regional Director of PRO13 replacing Police Brigadier General Gilbert DC Cruz.

The visit is in line with strengthening partnership and collaboration of Army and PNP units in Caraga in connection with the Joint Internal Security Operations (ISO) Campaign in the 402nd Brigade Area of Responsibility.

The 402nd Brigade rendered a Military Arrival Honor the newly installed RD PRO13 who came with his Quad Staff. A photo opportunity was conducted in front of the Brigade Admin Building before the signing of Guest Book followed by a briefing presentation on the assessment and campaign progress of the 402nd Brigade.

In his statement, Police Brigadier General Esquivel Jr said “I commend the 402nd Brigade of the successful efforts against the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in Caraga. The PNP will provide extra support to our Army troops and will complement all its operations in the aspect of legal matters and the conduct of intensified and strong security checkpoints. My visit now is mainly getting to know the field commanders of the Army units in Caraga and identify what specific support we can give.”

Meanwhile, Col Maurito L Licudine, Commander of the 402nd Brigade said “the visit is very important for us so that we will be able to know the guidance of the new Regional Director as part of sustaining our interoperability and supporting mechanism between the Army and PNP to address the insurgency and criminality problem in Caraga as the PBGEN Esquivel has a wide range of experience in combatting terrorism.”

“Hearing the guidance and wisdom of the new RD, PRO13 will significantly shape the upcoming operations between the Army and PNP in Caraga. Together, the 402 Brigade and PRO13 shall make the CTG and lawless elements irrelevant and inconsequential to achieve lasting peace and security in Caraga”, Col Licudine added.