BALER, Aurora – The Army’s 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion (91st IB) on Monday celebrated its third founding anniversary by distributing 200 food packs for Typhoon Ulysses victims in this capital town.
Lt. Col. Reandrew P. Rubio, commanding officer of 91st IB, said that instead of formally celebrating the occasion, the troops initiated the giving of relief aid to 200 individuals affected by the typhoon in Purok 5, Barangay Sabang, here.
“This is one way of helping our constituents and the local government units (LGUs) amid the onslaught brought by typhoon Ulysses. We would like to celebrate our anniversary with our families, friends, stakeholders, other friendly forces, among others in order for us to let the public know our organizations and to give a simple thank you for their overwhelming support to us. However, we decided to celebrate it by serving the people,” Rubio said in an interview.
He said that what the people need most during this time of calamity is the outpouring of the “bayanihan” spirit.
“Thus, in response, it is gratifying experience for us in the battalion to extend our hands to the community through act of kindness such as provision of foods and other relief good to less fortunate individuals in the locality,” Rubio said.
He also said the move is part of the Army’s message of hope to the typhoon victims that soldiers are always there for the people’s welfare and safety aside from being the guardians of peace.
Major Alexander I. Dawa, 7th Infantry “Kaugnay” Division command chaplain, recited a short prayer in the presence of the residents prior to the distribution of food packs.
The Sinagtala troopers and personnel of 307th Community Defense Group of the Aurora Ready Reserve Infantry Battalion also participated in a clean-up drive activity at Sabang Beach, Barangay Sabang here.
The 91st IB was activated on Dec. 4, 2017 and was deployed at Camp Jaime Bitong, Barangay Calabuanan, this town.
The troops are currently conducting internal security within the whole province of Aurora and three municipalities of Nueva Ecija particularly Gabaldon, Bongabon and Laur. (PNA)