By Edith B. Colmo
Giving impetus to the national heroes day celebration, and the 29th Founding Anniversary yesterday, August 31, of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army, the inauguration of the Heroes Park and Heroes Monument at the Brigade’s compound in Camp Gerona, Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental was held. Guests of honor were Maj. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, commander, 3rd Infantry Division, stationed at Camp Jaena, Jamindan, Capiz, and Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr represented by Board Member Salvador Escalante. Anniversary theme: “Paghiliugyon para sa kalinong kag kauswagan sang Negros” (unity for peace and progress of Negros).
HONORING THE FALLEN SOLDIERS. Left photo, L-R: Maj. Gen Rey Leonardo Guerrero, commanding general, 3rd Infantry Division, PA; Col Francisco Delfin, commanding officer, 303rd Infantry Brigade, Provincial Board Member Salvador Escalante, representing Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr., and the widows of soldiers of the Brigade who were killed in action, lead the inauguration of the Heroes Park and Heroes Monument erected for them as heroes of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, Camp Gerona, Murcia, Negros Occidental, highlighted the national heroes day celebration yesterday, August 31, 2015.* (CGS photos)
Cutting of Ribbon lead by Very Rev. Fr. Eusebio B. Berdon, O.S.A. Prior Provincial, Augustinian Province of Sto.Niño De Cebu and assisted by Rev. Fr.Pedrito A. Aparece, OSA School President, CSA-Bacolod and Rev.Fr.Danilo Carido VP-Finance Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod during blessing and groundbreaking of the proposed CSA-Gymnasium last August 28, 2015, Feast Day Celebration of St.Augustine at Open Ground.*(PR Photo)
Col Francisco Delfin, commanding officer of 303rd Infantry Brigade expressed gratitude to all stake holders for their continued support to the army.
MG Guerrero lauded the men in uniform for unselfishly serving the country to the point of laying their own lives. “Let us value the lives of these soldiers who are heroes in this province,” Guerrero stated.
There were 35 soldiers assigned at the 303rd Infantry Brigade who have fallen having been killed in action during ambushes and encounters with the insurgents, from August 2000 until May 2013. He also appealed to all partners and stakeholders to continue their support to the men in uniform in order to put closure in the conflict areas and rededicate themrselves to carry on the peace agenda in the countryside.”
Board member Escalante encouraged everyone and the men in uniform as well as stakeholders of peace, to continue the good work, for the people are expecting much from them. But, he also expects that the provincial government will always support the peace endeavor of the 303rd Brigade.”