NORTH COTABATO – The Army’s 602nd Infantry Brigade, commanded by Brig. Gen. Ademar Tomaro, bagged the best brigade award for the fourth time, besting three others of the 6th Infantry Division in central Mindanao.
Winning the best brigade award the 602nd Infantry Brigade, started when Tomaro, a native of Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, assumed its command Oct. 26 last year. In the successive 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2013, the 602nd IB won the same award, military records show.
Tomaro supervises about 1,500 troops of the 57th, 40th and 7th Infantry Battalions in addressing threats of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Liberation Fighters and the New People’s Army, among other lawless groups operating here and in neighboring provinces.
Last month, the 602nd Infantry Brigade successfully rescued civilians held hostage by BIFF in Midsayap town, North Cotabato.
Tomaro received the award in behalf of his unit Wednesday at the 6ID headquarters in Awang, Cotabato City, from Maj. Gen. Romeo Gapuz.
The 7th, 40th and 57th IBs alternately won the award as best battalion of 6ID in the 1st, 2nd and 3 quarters of this year, military records also showed.
The 10th Infantry Division recently took over the supervision of the 57th IB, that main task of which is to address threats of the NPA .
Recently, the city government of Kabankalan headed by Mayor Isidro Zayco conferred an award to Tomaro for being the outstanding Kabankalanon in the field of military service.*GPB