Apayao, Philippines – Coming back to serve Apayao again, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Logan could not help but be awed with the fast development in the province.
Logan, Commander of the 17th Infantry Battalion(IB) which covers the provinces of Cagayan and Apayao, expressed his admiration during the Serbisyo Caravan in Flora last June 13.
He narrated that he was deployed in the province, particularly in Conner and Kabugao in the 2000s for anti-insurgency operations. Back then, many roads were not paved yet, recounting they even had to ride a chopper and a motorboat to reach some places in the province.
“Malaglagip ko diay panagdalyasat mi idi from Tuao, awan sabali idi nga dalan nga sumrek ditoy Kabugao nu di idiay Tuao laeng ken pugsat pugsat pay lang idi iti sementado nga lugar,” he recounted.
In January last year, Logan was assigned to lead the 17th IB which brought him back to Apayao.
“Nagmayat daytoy mangmangyari ditoy Apayao ta napintas, very strong ang leaders natin lalo na sa provincial level and down to municipal and barangay level and adda ditoy met dagitoy different line agencies,” he further expressed.
The fast and continuous progress happening in Apayao made it easier for the military and other agencies to bring government services to far-flung areas, Logan mentioned.
The commander, meantime, wrapped his message by saying that Executive Order no. 022 series of 2022 signed by Governor Elias Bulut Jr. has a huge contribution to the campaign to end insurgency as rebels are now hesitant to come to Apayao.
The order grants a cash reward for the capture, arrest, or death of a communist terrorist group from a legitimate military operation.
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