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Military showcases hardware, hosts events for Independence Day

THE 10TH and 4th Infantry Divisions held events showcasing military equipment and promoting community engagement in Davao City and Cagayan de Oro City on Independence Day.

The 10th Infantry (Agila) Division led by Major General Allan Hambala participated in the simultaneous flag-raising ceremony in commemoration of the 126th Philippine Independence Day with the theme “Kalayaan, Kinabukasan, Kasaysayan” at Camp General Manuel T. Yan Sr., Barangay Tuboran, Mawab, Davao de Oro on June 12.

Concurrently, the 1003rd Infantry Brigade hosted MusiKalayaan 2024 at Abreeza Mall, featuring military drills, capability demonstrations, music, and dances for public entertainment. Attendees also had the chance to view military weapons and equipment during static displays and military fairs.

Similar events took place in Tagum City, Digos City, and Mati City, participated by the 1001st, 1002nd, and 701st IBs, respectively. Hambala highlighted the Agila Division’s commitment to maintaining an insurgency-free Davao Region and promoting peace within 10ID’s operational area.

Static display, military fair, and MusiKalayaan 2024 

The 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division staged a static display, military fair, and MusiKalayaan at the Activity Center in Centrio, Ayala Malls, Cagayan de Oro City on Monday, June 10, 2024.

The activity showcased some of the Army’s military assets and capabilities, offering the general public an up-close look at the tools, equipment, and resources that enable soldiers to perform their duties effectively. Likewise, it provided education on the Army’s transformation and its multifaceted roles and mission for peace and nation-building.

It was a collaboration with different units under the 4ID spearheaded by the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations, G7 of 4ID led by Col. Reynald Romel Goce.

“4ID offers this experience to the general public every year as a gesture of humility and gratitude for the continuous trust and support in all our endeavors and our opportunity to open up the Army’s transformation and demonstrate our progress to become a world-class and respectable Army. Likewise, this year’s celebration provides us again a chance to remember the sacrifices of our forefathers and the freedom they have fought for through our MusiKalayaan, a mini-peace concert performed by the 4ID Band showcasing Army’s talents and peace songs,” Goce said.

The event also featured an all-female infantry squad presenting the individual roles and capabilities of each member performed by the Headquarter and Headquarters Service Company and the troops of the 1st Special Forces Battalion, demonstrations from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit and K-9 Unit. 

Moreover, the Army Recruitment Office-Mindanao also conducted initial interviews and pre-registration with aspiring soldiers.

In a statement, 4ID commander Major General Jose Maria R Cuerpo II thanked stakeholders, especially families and friends who came and witnessed the event to celebrate and commemorate Independence Day.

“The activity is our way of showing the public our unrelenting commitment to serving the Filipino people, to pay tribute and honor our forefathers, fallen soldiers, and our nation’s heroes, who showed gallantry and paid the ultimate sacrifice to attain and protect this freedom,” Cuerpo said.

“Beyond the displays and demonstrations, we are fostering a positive relationship with our civilian stakeholders through numerous opportunities for interaction between soldiers and the public,” he added.



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