New Bataan Mayor Lorenzo Balbin Jr.: A close ally for Army’s peace and development efforts

The town of New Bataan, Compostela Valley is known before for being one of the hotspots of the New People’s Army (NPA). But this time, it is the other way around. It is now promoted to become an investment haven.

This is one major accomplishment of  New Bataan mayor Lorenzo Balbin Jr., who has the aura of a very simple and approachable local chief executive.

Balbin is a firm believer of  teamwork. Reaching out to other stakeholders of peace and development of his municipality for the general welfare of his constituents is truly working within him.

The Army’s 66th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col. Antonino Florendo finds in him the essence of a true leader, a staunch advocate of peace.

Hence, Florendo and Balbin have become close allies for peace and development of the entire municipality of New Bataan.

There is now a very close partnership and collaboration in the implementation of projects like livelihood, outreach programs, medical and dental missions, bloodletting activities, Youth For Peace organizations, peace rallies, among others.

Florendo is just praying that the healthy camaraderie between the local government of New Bataan and the 66th IB will continue as they pursue the vision of winning the peace through team spirit or Bayanihan.



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