THE Philippine Army's 79th Infantry "Masaligan" Battalion (79IB) was accorded with "Gawad Kalinaw" Plaque and Campaign Streamer by Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during an awarding ceremony held at 79IB Headquarters, Barangay Bato, Sagay City on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.
Lieutenant General Roberto Ancan, commander of Central Command, assisted by Colonel Michael Samson, deputy brigade commander of 303 Infantry Brigade, awarded the Campaign Streamer Award and "Gawad Kalinaw" plaque to 79IB for dismantling Northern Negros Front, Komiteng Rehiyon-Negros Cebu Bohol Siquijor (NNF, KR-NCBS).
Meanwhile, five Masaligan troopers received Silver Cross Medals for their gallantry in action during the conduct of several focused military operations.
In his message, Ancan lauded the Masaligan troopers for their relentless efforts that led to the dismantling of the Guerilla Front operating in Northern Negros.
"Now that you have achieved your goal in dismantling Northern Negros Front, your next mission is to protect the gains, prevent CNT (communist New People's Army Terrorist) recovery efforts and sustain the peace and development in Northern Negros. Let these gains serve as an inspiration for us to strive more, not only to win the peace but to pave the way for new opportunities to the Negrenses", Ancan said.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel J-jay Javines, 79th IB commanding officer, said, "We are very much honored for this award, and this would not be made possible without the support of our stakeholders and peace-loving constituents of Northern Negros."