MURCIA – As he assumes a higher post at the general headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) next, Brig. General Jon Aying expressed optimism that Col. Francisco Delfin, his successor as commander of the Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade (IB), will continue winning the peace in Negros Occidental.

Aying turned over the leadership of the 303rd IB to Delfin in a ceremony held at the Camp Major Nelson Gerona in Barangay Minoyan here Wednesday.

Aying, who will now become Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans (J5), said he hopes that Delfin will show effectiveness and go even beyond the usual in continuing the brigade's priority programs especially those included in the winning the peace framework for Negros Occidental.

He also appealed for the stakeholders' continuing support for the military forces in the province.

“Being with Negrenses having great traditions is a pride itself," Aying said adding that “having the command goes with many challenges as ingredients of true success.”

For his part, Delfin said he is ready to take on the challenge “even how big it is.”

He pledged to continue the programs and efforts started by his predecessor like the recognition given to Negros Occidental as “peaceful and ready for further development.”

Delfin said he will push for a strong collaboration among stakeholders and bared plans to improve programs for the environment and the youth.

Major General Rey Leonardo Guerrerro, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, who led the turn-over of command, congratulated Aying for his new assignment while he ordered Delfin to accomplish his mission and make sure that members of the military forces respect human rights.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. thanked Aying for his remarkable service, and also reminded Delfin on how big his task is while giving him an assurance of support from the provincial government.