Guimba, Nueva Ecija- The 69th Infantry (Cougar) Battalion received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of Health - Nueva Ecija for its invaluable efforts and contributions in the conduct of Measles Outbreak Response Immunization (MORI) activities in the province of Nueva Ecija during the Organizational and Advocacy Meeting held at the Proceso Alcala Hall, National Irrigation Administration (NIA) at Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, yesterday.
69IB provided trasportation, manpower and security assistance during the series of immunization in all cities and municipalities of Nueva Ecija.
It can be recalled that last March, the DOH together with the respective Municipal Health Offices of different municipalities of the province conducted MORI to address and prevent the spread of measles affectation in Nueva Ecija. A house to house visitation was conducted and vaccination was administered to children with the age ranging from six to 59 months old.
Dr. Erwin Santiago, Head of DOH Nueva Ecija together with the Municipal Health Officers of different municipalities handed the Certificate of Appreciation to 69IB.
Major General Lenard T Agustin AFP, Commander of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division commended the 69IB for their contribution in the campaign of DOH against measles. He likewise expressed his gratitude to the said agency for choosing the Army to partner with them in their programs and activities.
Meanwhile, MGen Agustin also emphasized the implementation of Executive Order 70 or the Whole of Nation Approach in attaining sustainable peace, creating a National Task Force to end Local Communist Armed Conflict, and directing the adoption of a National Peace Framework and on how the DOH may contribute to attain the said objective by delivering the basic social services from the health sector towards the populace especially those in the far flung barangays where issues of unreceived government services are some of the common issues being exploited by Communist Terrorist Groups in order instill their communist ideology to the people.
"We thank the DOH Nueva Ecija for the trust and confidence given to our unit. 69th Infantry (Cougar) Battalion will remain steadfast in supporting the endeavors of the DOH to deliver basic social health services to the Novo Ecijanos", said Lieutenant Colonel Arcadio S Posada, Commanding Officer of 69IB.