BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur- Camp Jaime N Ferrer Sr, Brgy Maharlika, Bislig City (Stn) –The 75th Infantry “Marauder” Battalion recognizes Indigenous People, their traditions and practices which are essential in sustaining the development in the area of operation of the unit. Tribal leaders and their communities have an invaluable role in maintaining the development in the area.
LTC Jaime R Datuin presented a plaque of appreciation to Datu Nemesio Domogoy Barrios, a tribal leader of Manobo Tribe in Sitio Sote, Bislig City, SDS last June 22, 2019, in recognition of his invaluable support and cooperation with the unit’s efforts to end the communist terrorists’ threat in the area.
These people also face threats, violent attacks and even death by protecting their communities from CPP-NPA-NDF and took considerations the effect of these to their future descendants and chose to help the government in building peace and development throughout the area.
Datu Domogoy said, “Nagpasalamat ako sa kasundaluhan sa pag appreciate sa among pagpaningkamut nga mahimong malinawon ang among lugar. Kami nga mga lumad pakamatyan gyud namu ang yutang kabilin sa among mga katigulangan ug hangtod sa among kamatayun, among ipadayon ang suporta para mapalig-on ang kalinaw ug kalamboan sa among lokalidad”, Datu Domogoy said.
Lt Col Datuin, the Battalion Commander said that “I am very thankful for the support extended by Datu Domogoy and his people. Our partnership is moving towards their aspirations to have peace in their community. Surely this will be a catalyst for development and the Manobo people will benefit from this.
We will also give same recognition to the other IP communities and stakeholders in the area. This is our humble way of expressing our heartfelt gratitude as we continue to enhance collaboration and strengthen convergence efforts to finally end local communist armed conflict” Datuin ended.
On the other hand, Col Allan D Hambala, the Commander of 401st Infantry Brigade extended his grateful appreciation to these IP leaders for their continued collaboration with the Philippine Army in its effort to prevent the terrorists from exploiting the different tribal groups in the brigade’s area of jurisdiction.
Cpt Edwin Leo Francisco
CMO Officer, 75IB, 4ID, PA
Bislig City, Surgao del Sur