The Social Media Management Training Class 01-2017 of the Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division finally held its closing ceremony in Marawi City on October 3, 2017.
The 70 participants composed of enlisted personnel, officers and civilian volunteers were on the second day of the training when the Marawi crisis broke out on May 23, 2017.
They eventually became the core personnel of Joint Task Force Marawi’s Information Operations cell.
Their primary task was to manage the social media properties of the Army in Marawi City.
Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, chief of Joint Task Force Marawi’s Civil-Military Operations Coordinating Center who led the information operations proudly presented the graduates to Maj. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Marawi.
“While our troops engage the terrorist in actual combat operations on the ground, the digital team was also waging a different kind of battle on the internet,” Lt. Col. Herrera said.
Maj. Gen. Rolly Bautista, in his keynote message said: “We have successfully reached out to the public via social media with clear strategy and planning. We will continue to sustain the gains of these initiatives aimed at reaching significant potentials in bringing a positive and enhanced image of our organization.”