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8ID celebrates Philippine Army Day

Headquarters, 8th Infantry Division

March 25, 2014

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City, Samar – The 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army celebrated the 117th Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Army on March 22, 2014.

8ID and its line units conducted simultaneous service-oriented activities in celebration of the founding of the Philippine Army. In Catbalogan City alone, 8ID headquarters rendered medical services to 110 beneficiaries and dental services to 37 beneficiaries and provided the people of the chance to learn about 8ID’s activities through a photo exhibit of its various activities and accomplishments.

The 8ID combo and Marching Band have rendered a free concert for the Catbaloganons at the Catbalogan City Plaza. Other activities conducted were: tree planting and photo exhibit at Catarman, Northern Samar by 803rd Brigade; and photo exhibit at Ormoc City Plaza by 802nd Brigade.

In the occasion of the 117th Anniversary of the Philippine Army, Maj Gen Jet B. Velarmino AFP, the Commander of the 8th Infantry Division said: “The services that 8ID has rendered in commemoration of the 117th founding of the Philippine Army symbolize the Army’s transformation from its traditional role as an organization that merely conducts combat operations against rebels to an organization that focuses on winning the peace without violence.

“History tells us that more than a century ago, the Philippine Army declared independence from our colonizers, and that action paved the birth of the First Philippine Republic on June 12, 1898. The 8ID under my Command will in its own little way, keep on the glorious tradition of the Philippine Army as a catalyze of positive change by rendering selfless services for the people in Eastern Visayas region.”