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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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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – Through the collaboration of Joint Task Force “Ranao” and municipal officias of Bacolod, Lanao del Norte, another fifty six (56) assorted loose firearms and other war items were turned-over by the local folks in a simple ceremony held at Sidlak Hall, Brgy Poblacion, Bacolod, Lanao del Norte on April 30, 2018.

Attending the activity were officials of the municipality and barangay, and officers of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade under Joint Task Force Ranao headed by the Commanding Officer, Col Robert C Dauz.

After the inventory, turned-over war items include seven (7) assorted high-powered firearms; forty nine (49) assorted low-powered firearms; one hundred forty nine (149) assorted ammunitions; and three (3) rifle grenades.

Mayor Joselito E Miquiabas of Bacolod in his speech said: “We fully support the national campaign of the military and the government against loose firearms. We want our town to be peaceful and progressive and we will strive to get even more by convincing other residents to also turn-over their unregistered firearms.”

Col Robert C Dauz, Commanding Officer of 2nd Mechanize Brigade, proudly acknowledged the collaborative efforts of the troops under the 5th Mechanize Battalion for the successful and diplomatic approach leading to the voluntary turn-over of firearms and other war items by the civilian residents of Bacolod municipality.

The continuous turn-over of firearms in our area of responsibility further validates the “Very Good” net trust rating of the local populace to the security sector based on the latest SWS Survey, said Major General Roseller G Murillo, Commander, 1ST Infantry Division and concurrent Commander of JTF “Ranao”.

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 firearms and war items are now at Headquarters, 5th Mechanize Battalion for safekeeping and proper disposition.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The first ever Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) held at Headquarters, 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division was culminated on Thursday.

Almost 1,200 youth leaders  from the different municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur participated in the culminating ceremony at the Tabak Gymnasium.

The event was graced with Hon. Delfin N Lorenzana, Secretary of National Defense, Hon. Divina Grace C. Yu, Congresswoman 1st District of Zamboanga del Sur, Lt. Gen. Carlito G. Galvez Jr., Chief of Staff AFP, and Maj. Gen. Roseller G. Murillo, 1st Infantry Division Commander.

According to Sec. Lorenzana, “youth are the hope of the future, dont give up, and stand by your mission .”

Likewise Hon. Yu also stated that “as youth leaders, be honest, courteous, obedient and most importantly, love your country.”

The six batches YLS was facilitated by the 53rd  Infantry Battalion in the 1st Infantry  Division Training School.

Other than lectures and team building activities, the participants also experienced firing rifle, rappelling and familiarity of the obstacle courses of the trainees.

“Our objectives were to educate and empower young people on current issues hindering peace and progress, to accept individual responsibility, practice leadership, and instill patriotism and love of country.”, said Maj. Gen. Murillo.

The summit was made possible with the support and partnership among the House of Representative, 1st District Zamboanga del Sur, DILG, OCD, PNP, DOH, DEPED, NYC and AFP.

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