By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 23, 2016
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division launches its “Operation Baklas”, a campaign to remove election paraphernalia on trees, major thoroughfares, road nets, facade of business establishments, street lights, parks and plaza last 2016 automated National and Local Election, here on May 19 2016, Thursday.
This activity is part of the whole of nation approach wherein contingents of cleaners composed of soldiers from the Command, led by Maj. Gen. Jet B Velarmino, AFP, Commander 8ID; Col. Perfecto M Rimando, 801st Brigade Commander; and Lt. Col. George M Domingo, 87th IB, Commanding Officer with the participation of the LGUs, DENR, PNP, BFP, PCG, Guardians Brotherhood, Kabalikat Civicom, Samar Bikers Association and Catbalogan City Rescue.
The event was requested by the COMELEC to ensure the removal of all campaign materials and political ads and, to raise the consciousness of the general public that cleanliness is everybody’s concern. The bulk of recyclable materials will be donated to the community-based organization which makes coin purses, pouch bags and laundry baskets for their livelihood.
Maj. Gen. Velarmino AFP, Commander 8ID, said that the Command will continue to support the programs to assist the Local Government Unit and other agencies and will always convey support from all stakeholders for a cleaner and greener environment in Eastern Visayas.
“Our unique contribution today, indicates the Army’s full commitment on our social responsibility; together we can make this City more secured, clean and conducive for development”, Maj. Gen. Velarmino added.