(Photos by Maj Harold M Cabunoc (INF) PA)
CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – The Chief of Staff, AFP General Delfin Bangit visits the Army forces in the Bicol Region today as part of his military camp tour all around the country.
Major General Ruperto Pabustan, Commander of the Army's 9th Infantry Division, warmly received Bangit inside the resort-like military camp in Pili town at around 8:00am.
The AFP chief said that he is visiting the soldiers in Bicol to express his sincerest thanks for their dedicated service and said that “I want to revisit the places credited for my growth”.
“Kinakailangang bago ako umalis sa aking panunungkulan sa aking serbisyo, dapat ay magbibigay muna ako ng personal na pasasalamat sa inyong lahat,” shared Bangit to a large crowd of soldiers who welcomed him.
Reminiscing his younger days as a combat officer, Bangit shared his memorable experiences as a Captain who saw action against the communist insurgents in Nabua, Camarines Sur in the late 80’s.
“As a young Company Commander, I already realized that the communist insurgency cannot be solved by armed combat alone. What came to my mind was that probably, the best antidote to the insurgency problem is addressing the issues,these (issues) can be addressed through good governance,” said Bangit.
It can be recalled that numerous Kalayaan sa Baranggay Program (KBP) projects were implemented in the Bicol Region during Bangit’s term as SOLCOM Chief and later, as Army Chief.
These ‘peace and development’ projects include the construction of additional school classrooms, water systems, farm-to-market roads and electrification system.
In December 2009, completed infrastructure projects were turned over to the local government officials in Lupi, Camarines Sur and in Guinobatan, Albay.
The visit was capped by the ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the facilities which were supported by Bangit during his incumbency as the Army Chief.
Escorted by General Pabustan, General Bangit was toured around the camp to inspect the completed projects such as the female barracks and the power generator house.