On October 26, 2018, the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade or commonly known as Magbalantay (Guardian) of the Mechanized Infantry Division of the Philippine Army celebrate its 8th Activation Anniversary in Maria Cristina, Barangay Ditucalan, Iligan City.

Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo representing the people of the Province of Lanao del Norte expressed her sincerest gratitude to the men and women of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade who have earnestly serve and protect the residents of the province.

“I am honoured to speak in front on behalf of the people of the Province of Lanao del Norte. I am deeply grateful of your unselfish commitment in serving us, making our community safe and secure, that we could sleep at night and work by day. Our children can go to school and attend classes to fulfil their dreams,” the Governor said.

The Provincial Chief Executive as well mentioned that the AFP’s active and continuous monitoring and securing the boundaries of the province and the areas within, particularly the highway which links Zamboanga Peninsula to the rest of the Island of Mindanao contributes to the steady growth of the local economy.

The peaceful coexistence of Muslim and Christian residents in the province is due to the continuous collaboration, cooperation and coordination of all concern stakeholders, to which Governor Angging thanked the support of the Municipal Mayors, the Offices of the two Congressional Districts (1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah ‘Bobby’ Dimakuta Dimaporo), the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Army and People’s Organization that have worked closely with each other to sustain the unity and harmonious relationship of the residents.

As esteemed partner with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Provincial Government is looking forward to more activities that strengthens the bond amongst each other in building together better and peaceful community for the good of the people of the Province of Lanao del Norte.

The 8th Activation Anniversary was attended by Lt Gen Arnel B. dela Vega, Commander of Western Mindanao Command representing AFP Chief of Staff, General Carlito G. Galvez, Jr; Major General Gilbert Gapay, Commander of Mechanized Division; Major General Roseller Murillo, Commander of 1st Infantry Division; Col Thomas Sedano, Jr., Commander of Joint Task Force Group, 2nd Mechanized “Magbalantay” Brigade; Col Abdul Razak Bin Mat, Team Site Leader of the International Monitoring Team (IMT); Commander Said Sheik, Head of Delegation-Central Committee Member MILF Bangsamoro Transition Committee; Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, Ms. Mary Ann M. Allera, Selim Sirimoglu representing Integrated Center for Alternative Development Foundation and the Municipal Mayors of the Province of Lanao del Norte. PIO-LDN