BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Eighteen Army soldiers assigned in Negros Oriental are now being prepared for their reintegration to active duty status after they were tested negative of COVID-19, Army regional spokesman Maj. Cenon Pancito III said last night.
The 18 troopers of the 32nd Division Reconnaissance Company were among the 21 soldiers who were earlier tested positive for the virus, after their return in June from Cebu to Negros Oriental.
Pancito said the three remaining Army soldiers are still being isolated at a COVID-19 facility of the provincial government of Negros Oriental, pending the arrival of the latest results on swabbing from Cebu.
He expects that results will be known next week.
The 18 DRC troopers are now back at Camp Leon Kilat headquarters in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, after staying almost a month at government isolation facility.
Newly-promoted Brig. Gen. Noel Baluyan, 302nd Infantry Brigade commander, who supervises the 32nd DRC unit, thanked the Provincial Health Office of Negros Oriental for taking care of the soldiers.
A platoon-size unit of 32nd DRC that was deployed in Cebu on March to help enforced the community quarantine, returned to Negros Oriental on June 23, where 21 of them were later tested positive of the virus.
The 32nd DRC is assisting the 302nd Infantry Brigade in the campaign against local insurgents in Negros Oriental.*