In an online conferment rite on Monday, November 29, 2021, the Army Reserve Command’s 1502nd Community Defense Center (1502CDC) in Agusan del Sur received the Caraga Region’s Most Outstanding COVID-19 Volunteer Organization Award.
The unit’s contributions to the government’s pandemic response efforts were recognized by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region 13 and the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency.
“The organization’s compassion and dedicated service have helped eased the physical and psycho-social burdens of Covid-19 in their community,” read part of the citation.
The 1502CDC is the supervising unit of the 1502nd Ready Reserve Infantry Battalion (1502RRIBn) which is under a reservist volunteer Lt. Col. Maria Teresa Baylon (Res).
Maj. Marlon Bagara, Director of the 1502CDC, said his unit got the honor as a result of a collaborative effort between his personnel, stakeholders, and reservists. He also dedicates the award to 1502RRIBn for their unwavering commitment to the community, particularly during this pandemic.
“This award is dedicated to our reservist personnel who volunteered to serve our people this time of the pandemic. Our 1502RRIBn, composed of reservist doctors, teachers, and other professions, is truly a public service-oriented organization that supports the government’s programs”, Maj. Bagara said.
Meanwhile, Army Chief and concurrent Chief of Staff, AFP Lt. Gen. Andres C. Centino, has emphasized the importance of Army reservists in nation-building in prior remarks.
“As our regular troops fight the armed groups threatening our people, the Philippine Army is grateful that our reservists fill some of the non-combat roles of the Philippine Army. Your role helping the government’s fight against COVID-19, the conduct of outreach program, humanitarian assistance, and disaster response are truly commendable,” said Lt. Gen. Centino.