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The Regional Explosive Ordnance and Canine Unit 3 (RECU 3) has formally turned over World War II relics to the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) during a simple turn-over ceremony held at Mt. Samat National Shrine, Diwa, Pilar, Bataan on 03 September 2021.

The WWII relics consisting of two (2) pieces of 75mm Cartridge, and one (1) piece of 1000lbs Drop Bomb, both were highly explosive but were already diffused and disarmed, were turned over to the Mt. Samat National Shrine through PVAO Veterans Memorial and Historical Division Chief Col. Agerico G. Amagna III. The ammunitions, which were believed to have been used during the Second World War, were accidentally found by the local farmers at the river bank of Abucay, Bataan, which they, in turn, immediately surrendered to the RECU 3.

With the guidance of PVAO VMHD Chief Col. Amagna III, Mt. Samat National Shrine Curator Ms. Cherrylyn C. Sabling made a formal request addressed to the Chief of RECU 3, PMAJ Vergel De Villa Untalan, requesting the latter to donate the relics to the national shrine to be used for historical display and information purposes. After a series of coordination with PNP of Pilar, PNP of Abucay, and Team Leader of Provincial Explosive Ordnance and Canine Unit (PECU), PCpt Esteban I. Baylon III, the noble endeavor of collecting WWII historical artifacts was finally realized. The PECU delivered the Vintage Bomb at the shrine one day ahead of the schedule of the ceremony, while the other two pieces of Cartridge were brought on the very day of the formal turnover.

However, due to the quarantine restrictions being implemented in Metro Manila, representatives from the main office of PVAO were not able to attend the ceremony. Alternatively, Ms. Sabling represented PVAO during the signing of the “Deed of Donation” and the awarding of the Certificate of Appreciation to the Donors. The symbolic event was also attended by personnel from RECU 3 and PECU, and personnel from Mt. Samat National Shrine.

The memorialization of veterans’ heroic deeds is part of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office’s (PVAO) core functions, in addition to the administration of veteran’s pension and benefits, and promotion of policies and management of services for veterans’ affairs and welfare. As a way to pay tribute to the known and unknown men and women in our history who sacrificed their lives for the sake of our country, PVAO is mandated to preserve and maintain the historical artifacts which would serve as physical evidences being attested with the stories of WWII. The Veterans Memorial and Historical Division is a department of PVAO which is responsible for the administration, maintenance and development of national shrines of military and historic significance for the benefit of the present and the future generations to come.