Army battalion sent to augment forces in Cagayan Province

77th Infantry (Don’t Dare) Battalion, Philippine Army was all-set to do its mandate as an additional force in the province of Cagayan as 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army conducted send-off ceremony to the troops at Camp Melchor Dela Cruz, Upi, Gamu, Isabela on September 21, 2020.

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Led by Lt Col Joeboy D Kindipan, Battalion Commander, 77IB, the troops were deployed in the municipality of Lal-lo covering the eight Eastern municipalities of Cagayan to maintain peace and order; assist the Local Government Unit (LGU) and other Local Government Agencies in the implementation of development as well as providing humanitarian assistance in the municipalities of Gattaran, Baggao, Abulug, Iguig, Solana, Enrile, Penablanca and Tuguegarao City.

It was also set to fight and continue the campaign against insurgency in their said Area of Operations.

In the send-off ceremony, MGen Laurence E Mina PA, Commander, 5ID expressed his confidence to the 77IB that they can add another milestone through the leadership of Lt Col Kindipan as they will continue showing their legacy of courage, bravery, and heroism. “I believe that Lt Col Kindipan will definitely lead the battalion to greater heights as you assume, as the protector of North-Eastern Luzon frontier. Wala akong inaasahan kundi ang tagumpay sa bawat gawain, higit pa sa salita ay patutunayan ninyo ito sa gawa.”

He also stated that, he’s hoping that every member of 77IB will live up in their unit’s battle cry “DON’T DARE” the double seven. “As your commander, I dare you to exemplify nothing but the best in every step that you’ll make. Move together as one, big, happy and productive team double seven in attaining Mission Accomplishment for the National Strategic Objectives.” 5th Infantry Division