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Army eyes transfer of 3rd ID headquarters in Negros

IF THE Provincial Government’s donation of at least 50 hectares to the Philippine Army pushes through, the military eyes to transfer the headquarters of the 3rd Infantry Division (ID) to Negros.
Major General Jose Mabanta, 3rd ID commanding general, said this is one of the options being considered by the division.
He confirmed that Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. imparted to him during his courtesy call that the Provincial Government will donate 50 hectares of land in Bago for the use of the Philippine Army.
Mabanta, together with 30rd Brigade commander Colonel Oscar Lactao and Lieutenant Colonel Efren Murados, called on the governor at his office Monday.
He said the lot may also be used as a headquarters for a brigade or a battalion of the Philippine Army if the 3rd ID will not utilize it.
He said it will also take a lot of resources in transferring the 3rd ID headquarters in Negros.
Mabanta said the Philippine Army will decide on it when the donation is realized.
At present, the 3rd ID is based on a 33,000 hectares military reserve in Jamindan, Capiz..
Thursday, March 1, 2012


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