53IB Commanding Officer recognizes CAAs in distant command post

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During his visit to Cogonan Patrol Base, a remote patrol base in the town of Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, the Commanding Officer of the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB), Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, awarded Certificates of Recognition and Letters of Commendation as part of his commitment to keep the CAFGU Active Auxiliaries (CAAs)… Continue reading 53IB Commanding Officer recognizes CAAs in distant command post

53IB Commander confers award, commendation to Matapat Troopers in far-flung patrol base in Zamboanga del Sur

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Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, Commander of the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB), boosted the morale and welfare of Matapat Troopers during a visit to a remote patrol base in Barangay Pisompongan in Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur on Thursday, September 9, 2021. Technical Sergeant Wanil Gandawali was awarded the Military Merit Medal by Lt.… Continue reading 53IB Commander confers award, commendation to Matapat Troopers in far-flung patrol base in Zamboanga del Sur

Former high-ranking NPA terrorist surrenders in Zamboanga del Sur

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In a simple activity held at the Governor’s Office in Zamboanga Motors, Pagadian City on August 20, 2021, a former high-ranking member of the CPP-NPA surrendered and was presented to Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) Chairperson and Governor Victor J. Yu. Alias Marlon, the Communist-NPA Terrorist (CNT)… Continue reading Former high-ranking NPA terrorist surrenders in Zamboanga del Sur

Philippine Army averts NPA atrocity in Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur

The Philippine Army successfully destroyed a Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) hideout and successfully prevented terrorists from carrying out their atrocities in the geographically isolated and disadvantaged sitio of Putok Marine in the hinterland barangay of Saad, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur on the evening of Saturday, August 21. Preventing possible… Continue reading Philippine Army averts NPA atrocity in Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur

Philippine Army’s 53IB recovers enemy arms cache in Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte

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The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) discovered an enemy arms cache while conducting reconnaissance patrol at Purok 2, Sitio Datagan, Barangay Guibo, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte on August 17, 2021. A tip from a concerned civilian in the community led to the discovery of the armaments cache, which included one Garand Rifle, 10… Continue reading Philippine Army’s 53IB recovers enemy arms cache in Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte

53IB commander encourages youth to become agents of nation-building

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The Sangguniang Kabataan of Barangay San Pablo held Linggo ng Kabataan in collaboration with the Youth Movement for Change in Action (YMCA), Dumingag PNP, and the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) last August 7-8, highlighting the youth’s role in nation-building, leadership, and environmental consciousness. Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, 53IB Commanding Officer, spoke about… Continue reading 53IB commander encourages youth to become agents of nation-building

53IB intends to develop a world-class Army that is a source of national pride by 2028

53IB instills warrior ethos and duty (Photo courtesy of 53rd Infantry "Matapat" Battalion)

During his visit to Ditulan Patrol Base in Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur on July 2, 2021, the Commanding Officer of the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB), Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, continued to impart the warrior ethos and duty to the Matapat Troopers. Lt. Col. Herrera stated, “The warrior culture and troops’ feeling of… Continue reading 53IB intends to develop a world-class Army that is a source of national pride by 2028