BACOLOR CITY – Some 204 Philippine Army reservists in Negros Occidental were awarded the Military Commendation Medal for their contribution to the relief and rescue efforts following Typhoon Odette last December.
In a statement Tuesday, Brig. Gen. Gen. Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, commended the reservists for their significant contribution to disaster relief operations in Negros Occidental.
Pasaporte, along with Lt. Col. Michael Kamid, director of the 605th Community Defense Center, presided over the awards ceremony held at the Tourism Hall in Sipalay City on Sunday.
“They are always ready to support other Negrenses in any eventuality that will arise in the province. We recognize their efforts and commitment in assisting the affected Negrenses in the cities of Kabankalan and Sipalay,” the army official said.
The Military Commendation Medal was awarded to reservists for their exemplary service as members of the Civil Protection Units who have been heavily involved in disaster relief and rescue operations.
The ceremony was also witnessed by Sipalay City Mayor Maria Gina Lizares and Kabankalan City Administrator Higino Sixto Garaygay.
The southern Negros areas, particularly the towns of Kabankalan and Sipalay, and the communities of Ilog, Cauayan, Candoni, and Hinoba-an, which make up the sixth district, were hit hardest, as “Odette” experienced high winds, torrential rains, and widespread flooding overnight on December 16 last year. (PNA)