Tuesday, April 8, 2014
CAMP AQUINO, Tarlac City-Public service and nation building emerged as the soul of the 27th Founding Anniversary of the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
NOLCOM Commander Lt. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr. said that this year’s theme “Dalawampu’t Pitong Taong Bayanihan, Tungo sa Kapayapaan, Kaunlaran at Kasaganahan” highlighted the transformation of armed forces’ campaign goals, gearing toward lasting peace, progress and prosperity.
Three inter-related tools of the unified command brought this milestone: focused military operations, intensified stakeholders’ engagement and peace and development activities.
“We firmly believe in the importance of strengthened and intensified stakeholders’ engagement as a solution to end struggles with New People’s Army remnants. We have gradually liberated and empowered our areas against vulnerability to internal threats and insurgencies,” Catapang emphasized.
NOLCOM became the first unified command to have all 22 provinces within its area of responsibility to be declared as insurgency free and ready for further development.
Meanwhile, Catapang assured that NOLCOM will remain steadfast in the performance of its duty and will continuously adhere to the Command’s mantra: Kawal disiplinado. Bawal Abusado. Dapat Asintado.
“We, the NOLCOM, will remain sterling in the performance of our sworn duties, not only by defending the nation, but as well as serving the Filipino people the best way we can through bringing peace, progress and prosperity. Let us all get hold of our shared peace dividend. In NOLCOM areas, no man shall be left behind,” Catapang ended.
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