By: Elsha Marie B. Soriano
MANAOAG – True to its mandate as defenders of people, soldiers of the 702nd Infantry (Defender) Brigade under the 7th Infantry Division, continue its journey of serving the people and securing the land as they celebrate their Brigade’s 28th founding anniversary.
Held on September 1 at the Camp Tito Abat in this town, the celebration was highlighted with the conferment of award to deserving personnel and recognizing stakeholders who greatly contributed to the Brigade’s mission.
Led by Commander Milfredo Melegrito, the troopers were told to continue their journey in service guided by this year’s founding anniversary with the theme “Your Defender in Peace and Partner in Development.”
Major General Angelito De Leon, commander of the 7th Infantry Division, said the contribution and role that defenders play for the betterment of the people are actions that will serve as inspiration to those who aspire to be instruments of peace and change.
“Continue with your mission and let the ‘bayanihan’ spirit take you towards the essence of being a true defender,” said De Leon to all the men and women of the 702nd Infantry (Defender) Brigade.
He said the Philippine Army responds with conviction to the government’s call to be one with them in fighting illegal drugs, corruption and other form of criminality following its core purpose in “serving the people and securing the land.”
Part of the celebration are the pre-anniversary activities which include the bloodletting drive in partnership with the Region I Medical Center where a total of 10,350 cubic centimeters of blood were collected from 23 individuals. A tree planting activity was also conducted in partnership with the Philippine Dental Association where 200 assorted fruit bearing trees were planted. (PIA-1, Pangasinan)