commander MGen. Jet Velarmino with Mrs. Imelda Velarmino cutting
the ribbon during the Inauguration of Facilities of 19th
Infantry (Commando) Battalion at Brgy. Aguiting, Kananga, Leyte
on May 9, 2015.
camp facilities and launch the 1st commando summer shoot fest
By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 13, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – The 19th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army
based in Kananga, Leyte inaugurated its new camp facilities last May
It can be recalled that the
Headquarters 19IB was totally destroyed when typhoon Yolanda struck
Eastern Visayas on November 8, 2013. The Commando Battalion troopers
were visibly on high morale and proud as members of the unit during
the inauguration because after more than a year, they now have a
decent barracks to stay and rest.
The inauguration was graced
by Maj. Gen. Jet B Velarmino AFP, Commander, 8ID together with his
wife, Mrs. Imelda D. Velarmino. Also present during the occasion was
Hon. Elmer C. Codilla, Mayor of Kananga, Leyte; Col Dinoh A. Dolina,
Commander, 802nd Brigade; media personalities; YMCA Rifle and Pistol
Club (YRPC) members led by Mr. Marlon Alajas; and other invited guests
from Ormoc City and Kananga.
Captain Rey David G. Loyola,
8ID Chaplain officiated the blessings of the newly repaired camp
facilities: Admin Building 1 and 2, Officers Quarters, and Supply
Room, Bangon Transient Facility, Bangon Organic Livestock Facility,
Headquarters Service Company building, and the unit Cooperative Store.
After the inauguration, Lt.
Col. Nedy C. Espulgar, Commanding Officer of the 19th Infantry
Battalion held a press conference where he presented to the media the
five high-powered firearms recovered from the New People’s Army (NPA)
during an encounter at Brgy Liberty, Ormoc City last May 3, 2015.
Immediately after the press
conference, the 1st Commando Summer Shoot Fest was conducted, which
was participated by Maj. Gen. Velarmino and 114 other gun enthusiasts.
Maj. Gen. Velarmino
expressed his appreciation to the leadership of LtC Espulgar and his
men for the newly repaired facilities, at the same time, congratulated
the unit for the successful combat operation last May 3, 2015 that
resulted to the recovery of five (5) high-powered firearms from the
NPAs, thus giving more hope to our quest for a lasting peace in the
whole island of Leyte.