STRENGTH IN UNITY. The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, General Eduardo Año (middle) congratulates one of the members of the Joint Quick Response Team (JQRT) after being recognized in “PARANGAL” by the Department of Transportation (DOTR) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) held here at the General Headquarters Grandstand on Monday, 13 March 2017. Beside him are DOTR Secretary Arthur Tugade (left) and LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra (right).

“In unity there is strength. We have proven once again that, when there is teamwork and collaboration, we can achieve more. As we face various challenges as a nation, we shall need more of this. We shall divide the tasks in order to multiply our success,” said General Año in his speech.

The “PARANGAL” was conducted to recognize the efforts of Bus Operators, Transport Groups, and other government agencies that participated in the JQRT during the two transport strikes in February. Among other awardees were the AFP Joint Task Force NCR, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Metro Manila Development Authority, and Department of Public Works and Highways.

“In these events, the AFP dutifully answered to the call of duty along with other government agencies, in easing the inconvenience to the affected commuters. For its part, the AFP dispatched personnel and a number of M35 trucks and vans to take various routes around Metro Manila and assisted commuters to and from their respective destinations,” General Año said.