Costelo guest of honor, speaker in Army’s 91IB’s 5th Founding Anniversary celeb

Costelo guest of honor, speaker in Army’s 91IB’s 5th Founding Anniversary celeb

By Arwen Pascua

MANILA — The 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion (91IB) of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division (7ID), Philippine Army (PA) celebrated its 5th founding anniversary with 7ID Commander Major General Andrew D. Costelo appearing as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.

The affair was held at the Sinagtala Gym, Barangay Calabuanan, Baler, Aurora last Wednesday, November 16, 2022.

The unit celebrated the event with the theme: “91st IB @5: Highly capable and modernized Sinagtala troopers towards excellent service in sustaining peace and progress.”

Maj. Gen. Costelo pointed out that the celebration is another phase in the performance of the battalion’s mission and upholds peace and development, particularly in Aurora and nearby areas in Nueva Ecija.

“The 91IB carried out its mandated task through self-sacrifice for the greater good. The efforts of the unit have echoed into a multitude of ripples of service and action in unison with the government, civilians, and private entities and promote confidence-building and support the active defense posture of the military. Public confidence is enhanced through constant dialogues with local leaders, religious leaders, respected elders, and different sectors within the area of operations,” Costelo said.

Likewise, Costelo expressed his sincerest gratitude to Aurora Representative Romel Rico T. Angara for constructing the Sinagtala gym, Laang-sibol officers and non-commissioned officers’ barracks worth P22M from the national government’s build-build-build program.

On the other hand, Lieutenant Colonel Julito B. Recto Jr., Commanding officer of 91IB, 7ID, PA said that through the years, the battalion remained valiant and steadfast in the performance of its duties and responsibilities.

Recto also recognized the efforts of the past commanders for making the 91st IB one of the best-performing battalions of the Philippine Army and extended his sincerest appreciation and compliments to all service men who are performing their splendid efforts and devotion to duty.

Also, Costelo acknowledged the full support of the province’s private sectors and local officials for the unwavering support of the battalion’s program and local peace engagement.

(ai/mtvn)

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