Philippine Army’s 53IB extends support to Typhoon Odette victims

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Through the Office of Civil Defense, the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) provided humanitarian aid to the victims of Typhoon Odette in Surigao. The 53IB assisted victims of Typhoon Odette in Surigao by assisting in the transfer of various food items (FIs) and non-food items (NFIs) to OCD-CARAGA Region through the Office of… Continue reading Philippine Army’s 53IB extends support to Typhoon Odette victims

Philippine Army’s 53IB launches Matapat Community Firing Range in Zamboanga del Sur

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The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) officially opened the Matapat Community Firing Range on Wednesday, December 1, in a simple inauguration and riboon-cutting ceremony at 53IB Headquarters in Poblacion, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur, graced by the Army’s 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division Commander Maj. Gen. Gene Ponio. The Matapat Community Firing Range is a seven-bay shooting range… Continue reading Philippine Army’s 53IB launches Matapat Community Firing Range in Zamboanga del Sur

Philippine Army’s 53IB launches ‘Project Best Life’

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The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) in partnership with Good Life Psychological Services and Makati Med Foundation launched “Project Best Life” last November 19 to give premium to the mental health and wellbeing of its soldiers and their dependents. In his welcome remarks, 53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera emphasized the importance… Continue reading Philippine Army’s 53IB launches ‘Project Best Life’

Bayog MTF-ELCAC distributes monetary assistance, rice and food packs to Friends Rescued

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Six Friends Rescued (FRs) of the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) in Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur received financial assistance, individual rice sacks (25kg), and food packs from the Bayog local government on November 22, 2021. The cash support totaled P120,000 and was presented to the six FRs by Bayog mayor and Municipal Task Force… Continue reading Bayog MTF-ELCAC distributes monetary assistance, rice and food packs to Friends Rescued

53IB, OPAPP, ZamboSur PTF-ELCAC conduct localized peace consultation with Friends Rescued

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The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) led by Program Manager III, Area Management Office, Western Mindanao Mr. Peter Cheng in collaboration with the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Batalion (53IB) held Localized Peace Consultation and Dialogue with Former Rebels (Friends Rescued) on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. DILG-Zamboanga del Sur, in… Continue reading 53IB, OPAPP, ZamboSur PTF-ELCAC conduct localized peace consultation with Friends Rescued

53IB commander sworn to relentlessly pursue NPAs in Zamboanga del Sur

A top military field commander has pledged to hunt down any remaining New People’s Army (NPA) rebels planning to cause chaos in Zamboanga del Sur’s hinterlands. The statement was released by Lieutenant Colonel Jo-ar Herrera, commander of the 53rd Infantry Battalion, after troops from the battalion battled with NPA rebels on two different occasions in… Continue reading 53IB commander sworn to relentlessly pursue NPAs in Zamboanga del Sur

Philippine Army’s 53IB preempt CPP-NPA atrocities in Zamboanga

The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) successfully prevented CPP-NPA atrocities targeting innocent residents of Sitio Ditalipon, Barangay Dilud, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur, and Sitio Kusingan, Barangay Tinago, Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte. On Thursday, November 18, a firefight between government troops and Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) lasted around 30 minutes. Successfully recovered from the… Continue reading Philippine Army’s 53IB preempt CPP-NPA atrocities in Zamboanga

Philippine Army’s 53IB conducts local peacebuilding forum on ELCAC

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The barangay captains of the municipalities of Dimataling and Lapuyan, Zamboanga del Sur, attended the Local Peacebuilding Forum on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) organized by the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion on November 11, 2021 at 53rd IB Headquarters in Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur. The said peacebuilding forum was conducted to facilitate… Continue reading Philippine Army’s 53IB conducts local peacebuilding forum on ELCAC

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