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63IB 17th Founding Anniversary
MGen. Jet Velarmino AFP, Commander 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army giving his message during the 17th Founding Anniversary of 63rd Infantry (Innovator) Battalion at Brgy. Magsaysay, Lope de Vega, Northern Samar on March 30, 2015.

63IB celebrates 17th anniversary, gives recognition to outstanding military personnel and stakeholders

April 3, 2015

CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – The 63rd Infantry (Innovator) Battalion under the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army based at Lope de Vega, Northern Samar recently celebrated its 17th Founding Anniversary on March 30, 2015.

Highlighting the activities is the presentation of awards to military personnel who excel in their respective tasks and the presentation of Plaques of Appreciation to the Local Chief Executives who contributed to the battalion’s effort in the 1st District of Northern Samar. It was immediately followed by a press conference conducted by the members of the local media.

According to Lt. Col. Carmelito T Pangatungan, Commanding Officer of 63IB, the Battalion was organized on April 1, 1987 pursuant to General Order number 120, HPA dated March 27, 1987 and adopted the motto “Innovator”. Through the years, the battalion has served and participated in various anti-insurgency campaigns in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and has gained distinction in the accomplishment of its mission.

The activity was graced by Major General Jet B. Velarmino, Commander 8ID, Colonel Herminigildo C Aquino, 803rd Brigade Commander, Mayor Ronaldo P Aquino of Calbayog, Mayor Rod Suan of Allen, Mayor Ana T Palloc of Lope de Vega, members of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development and the media.

“The 8ID is one with you in celebrating your 17th year founding anniversary, thus, it is my great pride and privilege to be part of this celebration. Indeed, you deserve commemorating this important moment because this is where we give due recognition to the dedication of the officers and enlisted personnel of this battalion. Continue the good practices and tradition that your unit has started and remain as catalyst in bringing lasting peace and development here in the 1st district of Northern Samar. As your commander, I urge you to be the best in all your undertakings so that we will be able to achieve an Insurgency Free Northern Samar in the near future”, said Velarmino.