Saturday, March 14, 2015
BALER, Aurora -- The 7th Infantry “Kaugnay” Division (ID) of the Philippine Army based in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija is now on the move to organize local chapters of the Kaugnay Media Defense Corps Inc. (KMDCI) in their area of responsibility to serve as the conscience of the community focusing on the local needs and the windows of the world through information dissemination of the soldiers’ activities.
Army Capt. Mark Anthony B. Ruelos, 7th ID spokesperson, said the first target of this move is the local media in the province of Aurora wherein officers of the KMDCI have already made a courtesy call on the 56th Infantry “Tatag” Battalion, Philippine Army Chief Lt. Col. Joey A. Escanillas, to set up officers of the KMDCI Aurora Chapter on March 27 and Baler Mayor Nelianto C. Bihasa.
It is expected that during the gatherings, the local media will also discuss acceptance of writers from cyber media and members of campus journalism.
Escanillas expressed full support for the plan and lauded the KMDCI, informing that he has already a plan to put up the 56th IB, Philippine Army media press corps before and will now come into reality with the support of the 7th ID personnel and media.
Ruelos said that the KMDCI was established purposely to strengthen the relationship between the military and media.
“We have seen in the past that the military was not able to fully utilize the power of media, especially in informing the public. The current thrust of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is winning the peace, and the media play vital role in informing the general public about the plans, activities and significant accomplishments of the AFP,” Ruelos said.
With the establishment of KMDCI within the area of operation of 7th ID, he said that informing the public is now easier and the relationship between the media and the military is now strengthened through constant dialogue and sharing of information to the public.
He, however, stressed that the 7th ID will continue to perform its mandate in securing the land and serving the people.
“This will be the direct line of communication for news and information about our soldiers in every battalion and it is important for us for having an access to current events and up-to-date information has value in giving the truest information to the public in general circulations. With the help of the media, people will be aware of the various events of the soldiers where I belong,” Ruelos said.
After the election of the KMDCI–Aurora Chapter, the group will conduct an executive board meeting to discuss projects and programs to be implemented for the whole year.
KMDCI was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) dated Nov. 30, 2014 signed by lawyer Richard R. Laus, acting director.
The KMDCI will cover the 7th Infantry Division’s 702nd brigade area of responsibility (AOR) in La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Bataan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, 1st to 5th districts of Pangasinan, Cordillera Administration Region (CAR) -- Tubo, Abra and Municipalities of 6th district of Pangasinan – San Miguel, Santa Maria, Asingan, Rosales, Tayug and Balungao) and the 703rd Brigade AOR in Aurora, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, municipalities of Dinapigue, Isabela and municipalities under 6th district of Pangasinan (San Nicolas, San Quintin, Natividad and Umingan), whole of Region 1 and parts of Region 2.
The Kaugnay Infantry Division’s area of responsibility represents varied cultures and geographical make-up covering 15 provinces, 23 cities, 253 municipalities composed of 6,797 barangays and inhabited by 14,890,738 people.