Sec. Roy A. Cimatu addresses the men and women of the
Stormtroopers Division during its 30th Founding Anniversary
on August 1, 2018 at the 8ID Covered Court joined by four
former 8ID Commanders namely MGen. Glenn Rabonza AFP (Ret.),
MGen. Rufo de Veyra AFP (Ret.), LtGen. Arthur Tabaquero AFP
(Ret.), and MGen. Mario Chan AFP (Ret.)
marks its 30th Founding Anniversary
DPAO, 8ID PA
August 2, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine
Army marked its 30th Founding Anniversary with this years’ theme,
“Kabulig han Molupyo ha Kamurayawan, ug Pag-atiman han Kalibungan
Pakadto han Kauswagan,” this August 1, 2018 with Secretary Roy A.
Cimatu of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as
Guest of Honor and Speaker.
The event included a
wreath-laying ceremony in honor of the fallen comrade-in-arms and in
recognition of their heroism and ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit
of peace in Eastern Visayas and in Mindanao. The ceremony was
attended and witnessed by four of 8IDs Former Division Commanders,
retired MGen. Rufo de Veyra, retired MGen. Glenn Rabonza, Usec.
Arthur Tabaquero, the current Presidential Adviser on Military
Affairs and retired MGen. Mario Chan, Head Executive Assistant, DENR,
soldiers and their loved ones, officers, civilian employees, and
Secretary Cimatu also led
the awarding to deserving personnel who have shown meritorious
achievement in combat and non-combat role that significantly
contributed to the overall success of the 8ID’s mission.
In addition, civilian
stakeholders who also contributed to the accomplishments of your
Army in Eastern Visayas were also awarded with plaques of
recognition during the said occasion. Among the awardees were Atty.
Bonifacio G. Uy, CESO IV, Regional Director, National Economic and
Development Authority (NEDA) Region 8; Ms. Marivel Sacendoncillo,
CESO III, Regional Director, Department of Interior and Local
Government (DILG) Region 8; Mrs. Melba J. Arino, Land Management
Officer III, CENRO, Pambujan, Northern Samar; Atty. Eunice U.
Babalcon, Municipal Mayor of Paranas, Samar; and Mrs. Elena G.
Sec. Roy A. Cimatu in his
message expressed that, “Today, the Stormtroopers carry a legacy as
partners of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
in ensuring the environmental protection as deputized agents in the
National Greening Program. Anti-illegal logging, enforcement of
other related laws of the environment, and preservation of
ecological balance and biodiversity.”
“I wish you all the best.
I congratulate each and everyone for a job well-done. Happy 30th
Anniversary to you all. Damo nga salamat at mabuhay tayong lahat!”
Cimatu concluded. The DENR Secretary also viewed 8ID’s photo display
as well as PENRO Samar’s information booth prior to granting
interviews with the media. He and his party capped their visit by
joining the Stormtroopers in the traditional boodlefight.