H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, PA
Division Public Affairs Office
Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S  R E L E A S E


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         22 May 2012

Contact:          LTC ARVIN R LAGAMON
                        Chief DPAO

Mobile Nr:      09165301220
Email Address: dpao_8idpa@yahoo.com           

Army facilitates launching of PAMANA projects in Samar


Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City –          Five (5) projects, under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program, were launched at the Municipal Covered Court, Poblacion, San Jose de Buan (SJDB), Samar on May 18, 2012.
The launching of PAMANA Projects was jibed with the Grand Consultation/Dialogue for the  Farmers Sector  of San Jose de Baun, Samar.
            The activity was spearheaded by Mr. Arniel O Disbarro, Area Coordinator of KALAHI-CIDSS in SJDB, Samar. Mr Disbarro  officially launched the PAMANA Projects to Barangays 3,4, Babaclayon, Hiduroma and Hilomot all of SJDB. Potable water system and construction of comfort rooms are some of the PAMANA projects launched during the said event.
Meanwhile, the Local Government of SJDB headed by Hon Ananias S Rebato Municipal Mayor; the Local Government Units of SJDB to include MAO, MSWDO, MHO, MPDO, MPS, KALAHI-CIDSS, DAR, DENR and LTC CERILO C BALAORO JR GSC (INF) PA, Commander of 87th Infantry Battalion participated in the activity.
The 87IB facilitated the conduct of the launching of PAMANA projects in line with the standing guidance of BGen Gerardo T Layug AFP, Commander, 8ID, PA to support and facilitate peace and development initiatives of the government and other cause-oriented groups in the area. This is also in support to the AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan ‘Bayanihan’ which seeks to enjoin all stakeholders to work together and help attain peace and development in every community.
            In his closing message, Hon Rebato assured that the Local Government of SJDB will be a major partner in the peace and development operations of the Army at SJDB, Samar. He furthered expressed his heartfelt grattitude to the 87IB for facilitating the said activity. 

H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, PA
Division Public Affairs Office
Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S  R E L E A S E


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         22 May 2012

Contact:          LTC ARVIN R LAGAMON
                        Chief DPAO

Mobile Nr:      09165301220
Email Address: dpao_8idpa@yahoo.com           


8ID participates in the largest Pacific mission for 2012

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division (8ID), Philippine Army (PA) will participate in a humanitarian and civic assistance (HCA) mission in selected communities of Samar Island from 18 June 2012 – 1 July 2012 dubbed as the “Pacific Partnership 2012.

            The Pacific Partnership is the largest annual HCA mission of the US Pacific Fleet in the Asia-Pacific region. The purpose of the mission is to deliver basic services, strengthen alliances and ensure that the international community is better prepared to synchronize the delivery of foreign humanitarian aid in times of natural disaster or crisis.

            HCA activities such as medical & dental mission, veterinarian mission, engineering works, Subject Matter Expert Exchanges mainly on disaster preparedness/response and Damage Control will be done during the two-week duration of the mission.

            In his statement, BGen Gerardo T Layug AFP, Commander of 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army said, “The 8ID will work hand in hand with the US Armed Forces, partner nation military personnel, and the Local Government Units and Agencies of Samar through the concept of ‘Bayanihan’ in order to deliver much needed services in selected communities in the Province.”

            Aside from the AFP’s medical and dental teams, which will participate in the series of Medical Mission, the AFP will also deploy elements of 53rd Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army who will be joining the US Pacific 30th Naval Construction Regiment in all engineering projects in the area.

           
             


H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, PA
Division Public Affairs Office
Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S  R E L E A S E


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         17 May 2012

Contact:          LTC ARVIN R LAGAMON
                        Chief DPAO

Mobile Nr:      09165301220
Email Address: dpao_8idpa@yahoo.com           


8ID troopers overruns NPA encampment in Samar

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar – A NPA encampment at vicinity Brgy Hagbay, San Jose De Buan, Samar was overrun by military troops of 87th Infantry Battalion, 801st Infantry Brigade, 8ID, PA under the leadership of  Ltc Cerilo C Balaoro on 11 May 2012.

            Elements of 87th IB under 2Lt Verniel D Semblante discovered the NPA encampment after they encountered undetermined number of rebels earlier that day.

            The said camp is composed of three (3) makeshift bunkers and one (1) makeshift hall, which can accommodate about 20 people. After the fire fight government troops recovered long M16 rifle magazines with live ammunitions, assorted medicines and subversive documents. This only proves that the rebels are always on the run to avoid pursuing government troops.

            “Your 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army will continue to intensify its security operations against this lawless group in order to ensure the safety of our people and pursue development efforts in every community in the Region” said BGen Gerardo T Layug AFP, Commander, 8ID, PA. “We also enjoin the NPA members to lay down their arms and submit themselves through peaceful means and join the government in all peace and development efforts” Layug added.
           



H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, PA
Division Public Affairs Office
Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S  R E L E A S E



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         15 May 2012

Contact:          LTC ARVIN R LAGAMON
                        Chief DPAO

Mobile Nr:      09165301220
Email Address: dpao_8idpa@yahoo.com           


8ID Enhances its Medical Capability

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar – The 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army formally activated the 8th Forward Support Medical Company (FSMC) on May 16, 2012 here at Headquarters Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City. 

According to BGEN GERARDO T LAYUG AFP, 8ID Commander, the activation of 8th FSMC will enhance the skills of 8ID medical personnel to become more effective, efficient and responsive health providers.

The said Medical Company will be attached to the Service Support Battalion of the Division. The unit’s primary mission is to provide medical support to maneuver brigades    and battalions, capable of treating patients with minor diseases and emergency medical treatment. They can also provide medical teams during disaster response operations and for other peace and development efforts in the area.

As part of the activity, Captain Arturo A Llaso CHS (PA), the 8ID Command Chaplain officiated the blessing of two (2) newly acquired ambulance vehicles. The 8th FSMC will primarily utilize said vehicles for medical evacuations and disaster response operations.

The enhancement of 8ID’s medical capability is in line with the Army Transformation Roadmap, which envisions a World-Class Army that our Nation can be proud of by 2028.



H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8TH CMO (DANGPANAN) BATTALION, 8ID, PA
Camp Genaral Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S R E L E A S E

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
07 February 2011

Contact: LTC NICEFORO M DIAZ (INF) PA
Commanding Officer

Mobile Nr: 09178155194

Philippine Army troops expose NPA deception and Human Rights violations in Samar Island

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City,Samar –Recently, the NPAs’ Efren Martires Command issued yet another concocted lies to the media on their growing strength and victories.
The Rodante Urtal Command of the NPAs even boasted of their brutality and savagery on 20 January 2012 against the peace-loving people of the quiet town of Lapinig, NSamar resulting to the killing of the private security of Mayor Romualdo Menzon who bravely engaged the local terrorists who attacked and raided a civilian community. This attack on a civilian target brings to the fore the NPAs propensity to extrajudicial killings and human rights violations. In their desperation due to the waning of their influence and the diminishing support from the people of Samar Island, the NPAs vented their anger and frustration by staging a deliberate attack on a civilian center and firing indiscriminately without compunction upon innocent civilians just like what they did in Hinabangan, Samar last year.

Alias Karlos Manuel, EMC spokeperson, wanted to appear remorseful by offering apology to placate and commiserate with the families of the victims of their rampage. The international community knows that an attack on any law enforcement member and civilian target is an unlawful act and yet the NPA has claimed that the police in Lapinig were “legal” targets. The family of Mr. Romeo Senobio Jr., who the NPA shot while inside his residence, knows that the lawless group barged into their home, shot their family member in the head and back although unarmed. What about the basic human right of Joshua Picayo, a four year-old boy who was hit by a stray bullet coming from the NPA group when they indiscriminately fired at residences in the town proper? The boy sustained a four-inch open wound at his waist. How could the NPA group afford to claim that they did no harm to the people who they robbed of valuables and properties? Of what use are their apologies?

“What the marauding local terrorists did to the people of Lapinig was a glaring example of the ruthlessness and violence yet they have the nerve to talk about extrajudicial killings and military abuses” said MGen Chan.

Aside from the recent lies spewed by the NPA group on Lapinig, the group has fabricated another lie in the Municipality of Catubig. The NPA has tasked its para-legal cohorts that it deceptively labels as “human rights mission” to cook up a story on the death of a certain Jovito Pajanustan who was found dead on November 28 last year in his farm near the boundary of Barangay Osang of Catubig and Barangay San Miguel of Las Navas. Instead of checking on the findings of the authorities in the area, the NPA-affiliated group visited their usual contacts in the community in order to ensure that they could put the blame on the government troops. How could they put the blame on soldiers when the area where the cadaver was found is highly influenced by the NPA group such that people in that locality live in fear of the NPA? Mr. Pajanustan’s body bore marks typical of NPA inflicted wounds on suspected military informants and private citizens who refuse to give in to their extortion.

However, the local barangay officials of both Osang of Catubig and San Miguel of Las Navas have exonerated the soldiers of involvement in the incident through the sworn statements that they have executed on December 26 of last year.

They said they are not targeting civilian in their terroristic attack by throwing detonated explosives. But, the question is “Are they not bound by International Humanitarian Law which prohibits the use of explosives?" In their desperation to kill members of the Armed forces of the Philippines many civilian people have suffered from losing their loved ones and getting injured. And that is how alias Manuel shows that NPAs are for the people.

“It is our primary concern and responsibility to protect and defend our people and help pursue peace and progress in Samar to make the life of our people better yet NPA rebels accused us as violators when in fact we, soldiers, are the ones helping our people even during disaster and calamities” MGen Chan added.

Again these lies peddled in the media are misleading and meant to hoodwink our people. It is just a black propaganda to divert public attention from their criminal acts. Mere statement of Ka Karlos Manuel will never win because they have done nothing for the improvement of the peoples’ life in Samar.

The people deserve to know the truth on the NPA group’s act of deception and violation of basic human rights so that the NPAs’ exploitation of communities will finally be stopped”, said MajGen Chan. ###



H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8TH INFANTRY (STORMTROOPERS) DIVISION, PA
DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S R E L E A S E

31 January 2012

Contact: LTC NICEFORO M DIAZ JR (INF) PA
Commanding Officer

Mobile Nr: 09178155194

8ID Conducts Mass Bloodletting

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City – This morning, the 8th Infantry Division held jointly a mass bloodletting dubbed as “Young Blood, New Blood for the World” with the Philippine National Red Cross at Headquarters 8ID covered court.


The activity was made possible thru the collaboration and cooperation between Dr. Michieko Malou D Modesto, Blood Bank Physician of the Philippine National Red Cross, Leyte Chapter and the Medical team of Camp Lukban Station Hospital headed by its commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Benavidez.
Ms Pamunag Med Tech, of PNRC Staff Leyte Chapter, Tacloban City said in an interview that recipients of the bloodletting activity are not limited to patients who need blood from this region but the whole country as well. A big number of soldiers coming from different offices of the division and students of Restructured Reenlistment Training class-80-12 volunteered to donate blood. A total of 31,500 cc of blood collected will be forwarded to the Blood Bank at Tacloban City for screening. ###

H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8TH CMO (DANGPANAN) BATTALION, 8ID, PA
Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S R E L E A S E

30 January 2012

Contact: LTC NICEFORO M DIAZ JR (INF) PA
Commanding Officer

Mobile Nr: 09178155194

Three Captured NPAs were accorded human rights midst encounter in Samar

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City – In adherence to Human Rights and International humanitarian Law, the Rule of Law prevailed amidst the fierce encounter between the troops of 87IB and the group of NPA in the vicinity of Brgy Guinbanga, Calbiga, Samar on January 23, 2012 that resulted to the seizure of an NPA Camp and recovery of voluminous subversive documents and equipment including a laptop computer. Three suspected NPAs were also captured when they were left by their withdrawing comrades and their group out manuevered by the gov’t forces. Despite the soldiers desire to revenge the loss of life of their companion who was killed during the encounter their sense of professionalism and respect for HR prevailed. They were treated humanely and were apprised of their constitutional rights.
Gen Chan commended the soldiers of 87IB for their professionalism and observance to HR and rule of law. “This is a good development to our soldiers. The respect of human rights they displayed at the height of the encounter showed their sincere commitment to the rule of law. This is a result of our continuing efforts to educate our soldiers in order to be disciplined and true advocates of human rights”.
The suspects who were identified as Maita Abadiano y Mabini. a.k.a. “Mytha/Jenny”, Jerry Sablan y Macanas a.k.a “Jerry”, and Delmar Dacdac y Llantada a.k.a. “Archie”. They (suspects) were charged by the police authorities for violation of Presidential Decree 1866, as amended by Republic Act 8294 (illegal possession of firearms) and Republic Act 9516 (illegal possession of explosives).

The SOCO Team from Crime Laboratory, Samar Provincial Police Office was also quick to conduct examination at the scene of encounter to ensure the preservation of evidences and truthfulness to the incident. The troops recovered in the possession of the three captured NPAs four (4) M26 fragmentation hand grenades, one (1) M1911 calibre 45 pistol, one (1) calibre 9mm berretta and fifteen (15) rounds of ammunitions.

A separate case will be filed by the Police authorities against the NPA group including the three suspects for the killing of CAA Luis C Gacuma, a member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) Active Auxiliary who was killed during the encounter. Additionally, another case will be filed against the suspects as witness identified them as part of the NPA group who attacked the Hinabangan Police Station on September 12, 2011.

The successful encounter sent a strong message to the NPAs that there is no safe haven for them (NPAs) in Samar. There will be no let-up in our peace and development operations and the 8ID soldiers will be more responsible, determined and focused towards the accomplishment of promoting peace, security and development in this part of the country.###
H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8TH CMO (DANGPANAN) BATTALION, 8ID, PA
Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S R E L E A S E

24 January 2012

Contact: LTC NICEFORO M DIAZ JR (INF) PA
Commanding Officer

Mobile Nr: 09178155194

NPA ‘Organized Crime Group’ Havoc in Northern Samar: Acts of Desperation

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City - “The recent attack against a community of peace-loving people in Lapinig, the despicable murder of Mr. Jovito Pajanustan in Catubig and the ambush on soldiers doing community work in Las Navas by the ‘organized crime group’ locally known as the NPA were all desperate acts of terror to restore their influence in Northern Samar” said Maj Gen Mario F. Chan, Commander of the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms these dastardly acts of terror perpetuated by the NPAs against the peace-loving people of Lapinig, the brutal murder of an innocent farmer and the ambush on soldiers who were engaged in community work to help the people in Las Navas”, added the good General.

According to the 8ID Commander, the climate of fear sowed by the NPAs among communities in Samar Island has dissipated as the people have come to realize and appreciate the sincere efforts of the government and stakeholders to bring peace and sustainable development in the Region as manifested in the declaration by the Local Government Unit of Southern Leyte of an “ Insurgent-Free” province on September 29, 2011 and followed by the declaration of the Local Government Unit of Leyte of a “Manageable Conflict—Affected and Development-Ready ” province on December 8, 2011.

“Because of their waning influence, this NPA or group of thugs and bandits has embarked on a systematic and orchestrated employment of deception, treachery and violence and terror beginning with their murder of Mr. Pajanustan in November 2011 in order to blame it on the soldiers who were actually involved in community work,” said MGen Chan. He stated further that , “Knowing the futility of this deceptive act, the NPA group called on its cohorts ‘migrante’ and ‘sagupa’ to join in the accusation with fabricated data and information that was readily and handily exposed as lies by affidavits of local officials in Barangay Osang of Catubig and San Miguel of Las Navas and the PNP-Catubig Spot Report.

“The truth would eventually surface to manifest their peddled lies so the NPA embarked on acts of violence such as the ambush of the soldier-community worker in Las Navas in December and the recent attack on civilians in the quiet town of Laping last January 20,” said the 8ID Commander.

“These acts or desperation to regain lost influence are typically manifested in NPA armed engagements where their volume of fire is greatest during their retreat,” observed MGen Chan.

“Notwithstanding these acts of terrorism by the NPA, the 8ID will continue to pursue to ‘win the peace’ in the affected areas and finally rid the region of this menace to development,” MGen Chan concluded.###




H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8TH CMO (DANGPANAN) BATTALION, 8ID, PA
Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S R E L E A S E

19 January 2012

Contact: LTC NICEFORO M DIAZ JR (INF) PA
Commanding Officer

Mobile Nr: 09178155194

Local Officials Exonerate Soldiers In Northern Samar

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City – Local officials of Barangays San Miguel, Las Navas and Barangay Osang, Catubig both in Northern Samar executed an affidavit exonerating the involvement of soldiers in the death of a certain Jovito Pajanustan, a local resident of Barangay Osang. The document was signed by the local officials led by Barangay Chairmen Apolinario B Libico of San Miguel and Aniano D Rosco of Osang last December 26, 2011 as fact-finding teams visited the site where the dead body was found on November 28. The local officials came up with the declaration to dispel the unjust rumour of involvement spread by some interest groups in every civilian death in the locality.

Initial investigation by the PNP Catubig as contained in the report of Police Inspector Ildefonso V Miranda Jr. on November 29 states that “the victim left his house alone on November 25, 2011 at around 3:00 o’ clock in the afternoon purposely to work at his farm and never returned home until the time that he was found dead buried in a shallow grave in the state of advance decomposition with multiple stabbing and hacking wounds on the different parts of his body by his relative inside the vicinity of his farm at around 2:00 o’ clock in the afternoon of November 28, 2011.” The PNP report also states that the cadaver of the victim was brought by his relative to Catubig District Hospital for Autopsy Examination. The local PNP unit has yet to determine the identity of the suspect and the motive for the crime.

The Municipalities of Catubig and Las Navas have been known for notorious killings. Residents in both municipalities attest to the very extensive control of illegally-armed and politicized groups in the area. The mortal wounds sustained by Mr. Pajanustan are reminiscent of the style of attack by these outlaws on soldiers doing community work in the barangays. Traders and government workers are the usual victims of these threat groups since they intend to keep the local populace isolated from development efforts by agencies of the National Government.

As a responsive partner in addressing the incidence of extra-legal killings in the Island of Samar, the 8th Infantry Division (8ID) of the Philippine Army has scheduled meetings with the Multi-Sectoral Quick Reaction Team (MSQRT) in Northern Samar to tackle the case of Mr. Pajanustan. In the interest of justice and transparency, the 8ID endeavours to partner with other government agencies and the civil society to objectively look into incidents that threaten peace and security.###
H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8TH CMO (DANGPANAN) BATTALION, 8ID, PA
Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S R E L E A S E

09 January 2012

Contact: LTC NICEFORO M DIAZ JR (INF) PA
Commanding Officer

Mobile Nr: 09178155194

8ID bless new ambulance vehicle

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City - The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division blessed a new Ambulance vehicle with Major General Mario F Chan, Commander of 8ID together with his Staff during Monday Flag Raising Ceremony at Admin Building of Division Headquarters around 07:30 this morning.

The blessing of new Ambulance was initiated by Father Arturo Llaso, the Command Chaplain. The vehicle was donated by Lingap Kawal Foundation thru the Deputy Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines. Officers and Personnel together with Civilian Employee were also present to witness the blessing ceremony of the new ambulance. Spraying of Champaign was also conducted during the ceremony.###


H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8TH CMO (DANGPANAN) BATTALION, 8ID, PA
Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar



P R E S S R E L E A S E



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 06 January 2012


Contact: LTC NICEFORO M DIAZ (INF) PA
Commanding Officer
Mobile Nr: 09178294991


8ID’s hold new year’s call and change of chief of offices


Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City, Samar – The 8th Infantry (STORMTROOPERS) Division held a New year’s call Joint Change of Chief of Offices at 8ID Grandstand at around 3 o’clock this afternoon. The ceremony was headed by Major General Mario F Chan, Commander of 8ID and Presiding Officer.


The turnover of command involved the following: 14th Infantry Battalion, 52nd Infantry Battalion and 87th Infantry Battalion. With respect to the staff offices, change of office responsibility regarding the office for personnel and for operations also proclaimed.

MGen Chan stated that he made the designations to maximize the potentials of the concerned officers. He placed them on their particular positions because they are qualified and competent to handle their newly respective designations.

The turn-over of command is yet another highlight in the career of officers of the 8ID. This enables the officer to soar higher and do their very best to become a reliable soldiers not only here in Eastern Visayas but also in the entire country.
H E A D Q U A R T E R S

8TH CMO (DANGPANAN) BATTALION, 8ID, PA

Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S R E L E A S E

21 July 2011

Contact: LTC NICEFORO M DIAZ JR (INF) PA

Commanding Officer

Mobile Nr: 09178294991

8ID Beefs Up with 122 Newly Enlisted Soldiers

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar –A total of 122 newly enlisted personnel join the ranks of the 8th Infantry Division today at 9am in a symbolic ceremony that was held at the Camp Lukban Grandstand. The highlight of the affair was the ceremonial entrustment of firearms to the soldiers by representatives from both the public and private sector notable among which is Honourable Mel Senen Sarmiento, Representative of First District of Samar. The entrustment ceremony symbolizes the critical role of civilian authority in the performance of the soldier’s duty.

In a statement made by Major General Mario Chan, chief of the Army in Eastern Visayas, the primary duty of the new soldiers is to be instruments for peace and development.

“With these reasonable force that adds to the 8ID troopers, rest assure that our people can expect more than what we are doing for the sake of peace and development in this part of the country,” General Chan says.

Likewise, Congressman Sarmiento said in his message that the soldiers of 8th Infantry Division have continuously manifested devotion to duty and to the Constitution.

“With these soldiers, I am optimistic that our problems against insurgency will surely come to an end by doing each and every one of us their part and protecting the human rights of the people for the ultimate attainment of peace not only in Samar but also in the whole region,” says Congressman Sarmiento.

The activity was also graced by the Vice Mayor of Catbalogan Hon. Art Gabon, City Councilor Hon. Stephanie Tan-Uy, Calbayog Bishop Most Rev. Isabelo Abarquez, and Rev. Fr. Dionesio Calderon. Two civilian volunteer communications groups namely the REACT and KABALIKAT Civicom complemented the affair along relatives and friends of new soldiers. ###

H E A D Q U A R T E R S

8TH CMO (DANGPANAN) BATTALION, 8ID, PA

Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S R E L E A S E

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19 Jul 2011

Contact: LTC NICEFORO M DIAZ JR (INF) PA

Commanding Officer

Mobile Nr: 09178294991

8ID inter-color sport fest

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar – The 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army opened the 23rd 8ID Founding Anniversary Inter Color Sport Fest 2011 held at 8ID Grandstand with Major General Mario F Chan, Commander, 8ID, as the keynote speaker during the ceremony.

The soldiers coming from the different units of 8ID together with the Team Navy participated the event. Right after the opening ceremony they started the games and played according to team color.

In his message, Maj Gen Chan urged all soldiers to participate the games in playing different games in order to more improve their competency. By focusing their mind, they will to learn the Army’s core competencies.

Through this activity, the camaraderie among soldiers will be strengthened and the spirit of sportsmanship will also be ingrained in their minds.

H E A D Q U A R T E R S

8TH CMO (DANGPANAN) BATTALION, 8ID, PA

Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S R E L E A S E

21 July, 2011

Contact: LTC NICEFORO M DIAZ JR (INF) PA

Commanding Officer

Mobile Nr: 09178294991

Road project in Samar blasted with UN-banned landmines to hurt 8ID troops

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar – Headquarters-bound troops who recently performed as area security in support of the ground breaking ceremony for the Gandara-Matuguinao road development project held yesterday were harassed at about 11:30 p.m. last night along the way by a communist-inspired criminal group at the vicinity of Barangay Canligues and Concepcion, both of Paranas, Samar.

Two UN-banned landmines usually employed by the communist-inspired criminal group detonated along the road that caused the death of one soldier, the wounding of six others, and damage to a portion of a currently developed road. The wounded soldiers were immediately evacuated and are now under treatment at Saint Paul’s Hospital in Tacloban City. Responding troops in the area are now making sure that the traffic along the route will not be hampered because of the incident.

The incident is an expected reaction of the communist-inspired criminal group against the efforts of the 8th Infantry Division who has committed to support road development and other related projects in the Region at all cost. The road where the incident occurred is among the roads that the 8ID supports for development. ###

H E A D Q U A R T E R S

8TH CMO (DANGPANAN) BATTALION, 8ID, PA

Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S R E L E A S E

20 July 2011

Contact: LTC NICEFORO M DIAZ JR (INF) PA

Commanding Officer

Mobile Nr: 09178294991

Gandara-Matuguinao Road Project Ground breaking ceremony

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan CityAfter conceptualizing Gandara-Matuguinao Road Project, the simple yet meaningful Ground Breaking Ceremony was held at Brgy. Canhumawid, Gandara Samar at around 10:30 this morning.

This road rehabilitation is part of the project proposals of the Command to the different Local Chief Executives pushed thru the Regional Development Council, Regional Peace and Office Council and Provincial Peace and Order Council. The project is a 3.7 km road rehabilitation to be undertaken by 546th Engineering Construction Battalion, 53rd Engineering Brigade costing about 2.1 million funded by the Provincial Government of Samar. The ceremony was spearheaded by the Commander of 8th Infantry Division Major General Mario F Chan together with Honorable Governor Sharee Ann T Delos Santos, Most Rev. Isabelo Abarquez, Bishop of Calbayog Diocese; Rev. Fr. Erwin Rodriguez, Parish Priest of Matuguinao; Police Senior Superintendent Ronald Cortiz Macapagal, the Provincial Director of Samar; Commanding Officer of 801 Brigade Commander Colonel Romeo Labrador other military officers, local officials and media personnel were present to witness the realization of the road project that will be completed by 26 September 2011. Right after the ceremony, the activity was culminated with press conference.

“Hindi sa pamamagitan ng bala matatapos ang insurhensiya sa Samar, matatapos natin to sa pagbibigay ng tulay, maayos na daan at iba pang infrastraktura para matugunan ang pangunahing pangangailangan ng mamamayan ng Samar” Major General Chan says.

Meanwhile, Governor Delos Santos expressed her gratitude to the Commanding General of 8ID and encouraged the people of Gandara and Matuguinao to be responsible in order to achieve peace and order in the area.###