TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur -Commanders of the 401st and 402nd Infantry Brigades of the Philippine Army covering the Province of Surigao del Sur paid courtesy call to Governor Alexander “Ayec” Pimentel at the Provincial Capitol yesterday morning, July 8.

Colonel Allan Hambala and Colonel Maurito Licudine, Brigade Commanders of 401st and 402nd Brigade respectively, together with the Battalion Commanders of 75th Infantry Battalion (IB), 36IB and 3rd Special Forces Battalion paid visit to the newly-installed chief executive of the province to formally introduce themselves and update the governor on the current peace and order situation of the province and the security and development efforts being undertaken by the Army units on the ground.

Surigao del Sur is one of the eight provinces covered by the Army’s 4th Infantry Diamond Division based in Camp Edilberto Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City. The two cities and 17 municipalities of the province are further geographically subdivided by three infantry battalions which confront the terrorist groups of the New Peoples Army.

According to Colonel Hambala, the visit was just the start of a frequent engagement between the Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur and the 401st Brigade, as the unit covers Bislig City and the seven municipalities of Surigao Sur. “With the implementation of EO 70 in the region, Surigao del Sur, which has 12 municipalities identified as Peace and Development Zones (PDZ), must fully take advantage of the opportunities that will be brought by these initiative,” Hambala said.

“With a strong political will and continuous commitment of our new local chief executives in Sursur spearheaded by Governor Pimentel, I am very sure that the localized implementation of EO 70 will become effective and successful in the whole province,” Hambala added.