CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – The peace-loving people of Cagayan de Oro city joined the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division during the kick-off ceremony of its 50th Founding Anniversary with the opening of the “Barrio PEACE-TA sa Kampo 2020” earlier this morning January 15, 2020 at Headquarters 4ID, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City.
The ceremony was attended by Hon. Oscar Moreno, City Mayor of Cagayan de Oro and currently the Northern Mindanao RPOC chairperson, MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, Commander of 4ID, tourism officers headed by Dir. Marie Elaine Unchuan of DOT-X, MSAB members headed by the Vice-Chairperson Dir. Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño, NEDA-X, unit commanders, other officers, enlisted personnel, civilian employees, dependents and visitors who came to the opening of the Barrio PEACE-TA.
Mayor Moreno said, “I am honored and happy to be here to witness the result of the convergence of the military and the civilian sector. This is essential in our pursuit of peace and development for there’s no team military and team civilian; we are all members of one team with one goal, PEACE.”
Barrio PEACE-TA is a three-week open-street merriment from January 15 to February 5, 2020 which is open from 8:00 o’clock in the morning to 10:00 o’clock in the evening where all soldiers, dependents, partner stakeholders and other civilians can enjoy, relax and take part in the celebration of the Golden Anniversary of 4ID.
MGen Gacal also said, “The Barrio PEACE-TA sa Kampo 2020 is a way of giving back to our partner stakeholders and local communities for their continued support and trust to 4ID. It is a one-stop-venue with booths of 4ID units promoting the local products and tourist destinations of Northern Mindanao and Caraga Region in coordination with the local tourism office.” “The 4ID invites everyone to join us as we celebrate our Golden Founding Anniversary. You will be able to have fun together with our troops, you will be able to experience and reminisce ‘bayle’ and you will see and buy the different local products within our area,” Gacal added
The 4ID Barrio PEACE-TA has numerous “tiangge” booths manned by dependents and civilian stakeholders with various products and food for sale. Also, every night there will be a “Night Café” with live band from 6:00 o’clock to 10:00 o’clock in the evening to entertain the soldiers, dependents and civilian visitors. One of the highlights of the Barrio PEACE-TA is the “baylehan” or benefit dance every Saturdays, to enliven and add color to the fiesta celebration.