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Wounded Personnel Securing Developmental Projects in Camarines Provinces Receive Military Awards



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – Two wounded personnel of the Spear Division who were both securing government developmental projects were awarded with Wounded Personnel Medal by BGen Ferdinand F Quidilla, Commander of the 9th Infantry Division of Philippine Army in Bicol during a simple awarding ceremony at Camp Elias Angeles Station Hospital here, 4pm of November 9, 2015. Members of the Multi-Sector Advisory Board and some local officials from the Barangay were there to witness and personally pin the medals to the hero soldiers.

Last October 31, Pvt Leonel W Alarma, was hit at his right leg when SPARU members fired upon them while on marketing with the late Pfc Caceres of 42IB at Brgy Pag-oring Nuevo, Libmanan, Camarines Sur. The government troops are providing security to a 6- kilometer road construction from San Isidro to Bahao of KALAHI Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (CIDS) Project and equipment. Moreover, Private First Class Jhelor P Caranzo of 49IB while defending the bridge construction project at Sitio Namukanan, Brgy Daguit, Labo, Camarines Norte with his Squad, was also wounded at his cheek near his right eye after an encounter with the NPA rebels. Sporadic firefight ensued for about an hour, afterwhich heavily armed rebels withdrew towards different directions and failed to execute their plan of destroying the construction equipment. The bridge is a flagship project of the government located at the Maharlika highway from Labo to Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte.

The WPM are being awarded to these personnel in recognition for their courage, professionalism and willingness to sacrifice for the accomplishment of the mission. BGen Quidilla also conveys his sympathy to the family of the killed troops (Pfc Edmhol Rey Caceres of 42IB, Pvt Rey Mark Regore of 49IB and CAA Anthony Aceron) who were just performing their duties to secure said projects.  

BGen Quidilla said that, "we recognize the sacrifices of our forefront soldiers who are dedicated to fulfill their duties ensuring that developmental projects will be implemented on time. These projects are for the residents there who really need roads for accessibility of their produce from their farms." Despite of the incident, 9ID will continue to secure developmental projects for the benefit of the Bicolanos.