Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija – The 48th Infantry (Guardians) Battalion participated in the simultaneous send-off ceremony of security teams for the 30th South East Asian (SEA) Games 2019 held at the Pampanga Provincial Police Office (PPPO), San Fernando City, Pampanga and at the Bulacan Provincial Police Office (BPPO), Camp Alejo, Malolos City, Bulacan on November 18, 2019.
The send-off ceremony was headed by the Police Provincial Directors, Police Colonel Jean Fajardo at the Pampanga PPO, and Police Colonel Chito G. Bersaluna at the Bulacan PPO, together with the troops from the Philippine Army’s 48IB.
Around 2,000 PNP and AFP personnel will be deployed in all areas of Pampanga, particularly in Angeles City and San Fernando City. Meanwhile, more or less 1,000 joint PNP and AFP personnel will also be deployed in the areas of Bulacan, particularly in Bocaue where the Philippine Arena is located, as the venue of the SEA Games Opening Ceremony.
The 30th South East Asian Games that will be participated by 11 nations will officially take off on November 30 and will culminate on December 11, 2019.
Major General Lenard T Agustin AFP, Commander of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, Philippine Army who also looks forward to the start of the SEA games, commented, “The SEA Games is an opportunity to showcase the skills and abilities in different sport disciplines. This is also an opportunity to strengthen unity and diplomatic relations with other nations to further fortify our ties with the South East Asian countries. Your Philippine Army, together with the PNP, will do its best in order to safely and successfully conduct this momentous activity.”
The 7ID is the mother unit of 48IB and covers the whole of Region III under its area of responsibility, included here are the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga.
Relatedly, Lieutenant Colonel Felix Emeterio Valdez, Commanding Officer of 48IB, added, “The chance to be part of the security for rhe SEA games is an honor, and we assure the athletes that they are safe while participating in their sport disciplines.”