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.
17th anniversary, gives recognition to outstanding military personnel
By DPAO, 8ID PA
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.