The Palawan-based 3rd Marine Brigade (3MBde) has been recognized by the Philippine Navy (PN) as this year’s “Brigade of the Year” of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC).

The recognition was made during the virtual 122nd anniversary celebration of the PN.

Brigadier General Nestor Herico, 3MBde commander, said one of their main accomplishments was the dismantling of the Kilusang Larangang Girilya (KLG) North, Sub-Regional Military Area (SRMA)-4E and the arrest of members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in October 2019.

(Left) Brig. Gen. Nestor Herico, commander, 3rd Marine Brigade

He said they were also recognized for the series of NPA camp raids and firearms recovery.

“Basically, ang naging accomplishment talaga ng brigade among others ay we are able to dismantle KLG north, we have so many NPA surrenderees and recovered a number of firearms and camps,” he said.

“Of course, it was recommended by Philippine Marine Corps. Technically, we can’t do this kung kami lang nandyan ang mga stakeholders, maraming dapat pasalamatan. We are able to deliver basic services and conduct successful operations through interagency. Sana ay hindi mahinto ang pagtutulungan sa ating lahat,” Herico added.

The other awardees were the Naval Intelligence Security Force as the Naval Support Unit of the Year; Littoral Combat Force as Philippine Fleet Force of the Year; and 802nd Naval ROTC Unit as the Naval Reserve Office Training Corps of the Year.