CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – Governor Luis Raymund ‘L-Ray’ Villafuerte of Camsur lauded the invaluable contributions of the Philippine Army which have spurred the development in the Bicol Region.
Villafuerte cited the ‘invaluable help’ provided by the 9th Infantry Division in terms of maintaining the peace and security situation during his official visit in the sprawling Army camp in Pili town at 10:00am today.
“Camarines Sur is now becoming the number tourist destination due to the influx of local and foreign tourists each year,” Villafuerte said.
He acknowledged that ‘without peace and security, development initiatives could not be sustained’ and that the efforts of the 9ID have boosted investors confidence.
Villafuerte specifically mentioned the non-traditional roles played by the soldiers in the communities. “May it be disaster response operations during calamities or security coverage during local and international events, the Army soldiers are my ever reliable partners”.
Impressed by the resort-like environs of 9ID’s camp facilities, ‘L-Ray’ has also said that he will copy the landscaping of the camp area. During his speech, he also gamely proposed to make the camp one of the tourist attractions in Camarines Sur.
Major General Ruperto Pabustan has also acknowledged the possibility of entertaining tourists inside the camp premises.
“I have seen this in foreign military camps that visitors are permitted in some places which are not off-limits to civilian guests. I am studying the possibility to do the same here, in our camp” said Pabustan.