IMPASUGONG, BUKIDNON – A total of four (4) Former Rebels (FR) and 159 CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) under the care of the 8th Infantry “Dependable” Battalion received financial and food assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD) X last January 17 to 18, 2022 at the Cedar Springs, Brgy. Impalutao, Impasugong, Bukidnon.
A simple ceremony was conducted last January 17 which was attended by Dir. Mari-flor A Dollaga, DSWD X, BGen Ferdinand Barandon, Commander, 403rd Infantry Brigade, Mr. Gabriel Uy, Municipal Administrator, Impasugong and Maj Lemuel Bacarro, Executive Officer, 8IB with the beneficiaries and personnel from the DSWD Regional office.
According to Dir Dollaga, “DSWD will always take care of the former rebels and their families in order to assure the active communist terrorists that the national government is waiting for them to go back to the folds of the law.”
Abner Guilosan @Joper, Former Platoon Leader, Platoon 1, Headquarters Force Neo, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee happily thanked the government, “Daghang salamat sa gobyerno, sa DSWD ug sa kasundalohan tungod sa tabang nga ilang gihatag kanamo sa among pagbalik sa sabakan sa gobyerno.” (Thank you so much to the government, to DSWD and to the soldiers because of the assistance they have given us after returning to the folds of the law.)
LTC Anthony Bacus, Commander, 8IB expressed his thanks and said, “Our CAAs and FRs are very happy with the assistance that given to them by the DSWD X. We hope that we will be able to continue this activity with our peace and development partners.”
BGen Ferdinand Barandon, Commander, 403rd Brigade, during his speech said, “This is the second schedule where CAAs and FRs in Maramag, Bukidnon were also given the same financial and food assistance from DSWD. We really appreciate the angels in red vest headed by Dir. Dollaga for always heeding our call in providing aid not only to our FRs but also to our CAAs who are the partners of our soldiers in the implementation of Executive Order 70.