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LTGEN RAFAEL C VALENCIA AFP, Inspector General, AFP, receives Arrival Honor during his visit at 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army, Brgy Upper Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, 01 June 2018.

The said visit is in connection with the Validation Inspection of the Office of the Inspector General, AFP at H1ID. This activity aims to conduct research, surveys, and studies on relevant areas affecting the unit’s performance of mission, operational readiness, efficient utilization of resources, and morale of troops and state of discipline. 

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Tabak Division facilitates the educational tour of the twenty one (21) newly-commissioned Jugde Advocate General Service (JAGS) Officers of the AFP from May 28 to June 01, 2018.  The said activity aims to familiarize them on the real situation in the field and the peculiar characteristics of battlefield conditions. This is very timely as today’s engagement of the different enemies of the state is not only through the armed confrontation but also on legal battles/offensives especially in urban centers.  They will soon be deployed to the different units of the AFP.

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MAJOR GENERAL ROSELLER G MURILLO AFP, Commander, 1ID, led the Tabak Heroes Run 2018 held at H1ID, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS on May 26, 2018.  Also joined the activity are the Officers, Enlisted Personnel, and Civilian Employees under 1ID, their dependents and friends and some contingent from the PNP Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Office.

The said Heroes Run 2018 is part of the month-long Command’s pre-anniversary celebration.  The said activity ended by awarding the respective winners for the 3k, 5k, and 10k-run categories.

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MGEN ROSELLER G MURILLO AFP, Commander, 1ID, led the Administrative March within the camp boundaries and reservation area on 210500H May 2018.  Organic personnel, OPCON and tenants unit inside post participated in the said activity which started from the Tabak grandstand and ended at the 1st Division Training School Jungle Base Area.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – Through the collaboration of Joint Task Force “Ranao” and municipal officias of the different towns of Lanao del Sur, another one hundred six (106) assorted loose firearms were turned-over by the local folks of the Province in 9 days from April 29 to May 07, 2018.

Attending the activity were officials of the respective municipalities and barangays, Provincial and municipal police, and officers of the 103rd Brigade under JTF “Ranao” led by the Commanding Officer, Col Generoso M Ponio.

On April 29, 3 municipalities simultaneously turned-over the loose firearms. The municipalities of Masiu, Mulondo, and Dit-saan Ramin turned-over a total of fourty two (42) assorted high-powered and fourteen (14) assorted low-powered firearems.

On May 02, municipality of Taraca turned-over twenty (20) assorted high-powered and three (3) assorted low-powered firearms.

On May 04, municipality of Marantao turned-over two (2) high-powered and one (1) low-powered firearms.

On May 07, municipality of Butig turned-over six (6) assorted high-powered and seven (7) assorted low-powered firearms. This same day, municipality of Bubong also turned-over eleven (11) assorted high-powered firearms.

The municipal mayors led the turn-over of firearms from their respective municipalities which is a clear sign that they are fully embracing the AFP campaign against loose firearms to help attain peace in the Province of Lanao del Sur.

After the inventory, a total of one hundred six (106) assorted firearms were turned-over in LDS broken down into eighty one (81) assorted high-powered and twenty five (25) assorted low-powered firearms.

The respective Mayors deeply expressed their gratitude for the full cooperation of the local officials especially the Brgy Captains and also to their constituents for their positive response to the campaign against loose firearms. “Firearms have become cultural and status symbols for the protection of families, especially those involved in clan wars”, they added.

Col Ponio, Commanding Officer of 103rd Brigade, said: “I have always emphasized that the collected firearms is the result of cooperation, coordination, and teamwork for nine (9) days” and we expect other stakeholders especially the civilians to be more supportive in this campaign.

The continuous turn-over of loose firearms in LDS is a clear indication that the civilian populace greatly acknowledged the importance of resolving conflicts through diplomatic means and not through violence which is very counter-productive”, said Major General Roseller G Murillo, Commander, 1ST Infantry Division and concurrent Commander of JTF “ZamPeLan”.

As the Brgy and SK election is fast approaching, this will surely lessen any terroristic acts and election-related violent incidents that may hamper the peaceful exercise of the people’s right to suffrage, he added.

Turned-over loose firearms are now at the respective municipal police stations for safekeeping and proper disposition.

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The 97th (Kalasag Lahi) Battalion under the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army undergoes a fourty-five days (45) organizational training starting May 3.

This new Battalion was formally activated in a simple ceremony held at Tabak grandstand on April 16.

The Philippine Army has directed the activation and operationalization of 10 additional infantry battalions where 1st Infantry Division is among the recepients.

Pursuant to General Orders Nr 211, Headquarters, Philippine Army dated March 24, 2018, the 97th Infantry (Kalasag Lahi) Battalion was activated effective April 10, 2018.

97IB is headed by Ltc Rufino L de Leon (Infantry) GSC PA handling 400 soldiers taken from the different line units under 1st ID.  Some of the new privates who graduated from the Candidate Soldier Course last April 5 are now part of the new battalion.

The activation of this new battalion aims to augment the units covering the entire Western Mindanao Region in sustaining the gains of Tabak troopers keeping the peace and development in the area of responsibility.

Ltc de Leon expressed gratitude to the Commander of 1ID for entrusting him the leadership as Commandant of the 1st Division Training School as he embarks on a new challenge to lead the 97ib.

“The command has its full trust and confidence on choosing the leadership of Ltc de Leon as the pioneer Commanding Officer of 97ib. Kanunay ninyong hunahunaon ang kaayuhan sa matag-usa kaninyu arun walay bisag usa sa inyo ang maalaut. Usab, dili kalimtan ang disiplina ug kadungganan sang us ka tinuod nga sundalong Pilipino (Always think the welfare of each and everyone of you so as nobody in your unit will be placed in danger. Also, don’t forget the discipline and the prestige of a real Pilipino soldier)”, Mgen Murillo said.

The organizational training for 97th IB which started on May 3 is designed to enhance the competence and individual skills of every soldier and also to develop their teamwork as a unit.

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