Civil-Military Operations-Expert now leads 97th IB

CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A Civil-Military Operations (CMO)-expert will now lead the 97th Infantry (KALASAG-LAHI) Battalion of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division after the change of command ceremony held at Punta Blanca, Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte, Saturday, October 26, 2019.

Lt. Col. Manaros Boransing II succeeded Lt. Col. John Andrada who’ve just posted as the new commander of 1st CMO Battalion, stationed here.

Boransing is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1998. An Airborne and well-rounded military officer with expertise in CMO, Admin and managerial acumen.

He is a graduate of Masters in Sustainable Development Studies in Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology and Masters in Public Management in Development Academy of the Philippines.

He also finished Command and General Staff Course, a requirement for the Battalion commander position.

Prior to his designation, he was the Executive Officer of the 102nd Infantry Brigade.

He also served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, for Civil Military Operations, G7 of 1ID which makes him best-fitted to stir the helms of the Battalion for being accustomed to the sociological and security situation in the area and had already established “teamwork” for peace and development with local governments units.

During his assumption speech, Boransing vowed to work with Zamboanga del Norte Provincial, Municipal and Barangay Task Forces to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in order to defeat Communist Terrorist Groups in the area of operation.

“These terrorist groups are slowing the progress and development of the province. Thru whole of nation, we will stop their self-styled revolutionaries in order to make the Zamboanga del Norte peaceful and progressive”, said Boransing.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, who presided the change of command ceremony, commended Lt. Col. Andrada for his contributions to the 97th IB.

“I am confident that the new battalion commander, with his experience and duty in 1st ID and familiarity of the dynamics of conflict, will steer this unit to greater heights”, said Ancan.

“To the Kalasag-Lahi troopers, I urge everyone to give your earnest and untiring support to new commander and accomplish your missions and tasks as a team”, Ancan added.

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