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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – The Army Recruitment Office (ARO) under the Army Recruitment Mobile Team of ARO-Mindanao intends to conduct Pre-Entry Examinations (AFPSAT) to qualified applicants for Officer Candidate Course (OCC), Officer Preparatory Course (OPC) and Candidate Soldier Course (CSC) on 12 to 16 August 2019 in order to widen the pool of applicants who are willing to join the Philippine Army.

Following are the schedule of examination and venues:

DATES

ACTIVITY

VENUES

12-13 August 2019

AFPSAT

H1ID, PA, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS
14 Augsut 2019

AQE/SWE

15-16 Augsut 2019

AFPSAT

H10BDE, 1ID, PA Sanito, Ipil, ZSP

Mandatory qualification and requirements are the following:

A. OFFICER PREPARATORY COURSE (OPC)

  1. Must not be 21 to 33 years old, Enlisted 21 to 36 years old;
  2. Must be a graduate of POTC with a reserve rank of 2LT;
  3. Baccalaureate degree holder;
  4. Natural Born Filipino citizen;
  5. Height of not less than 5’0 ft (152.4 cm) both male and female but not more than 6’4 (193.04 cm)
  6. Physically and mentally fit; and
  7. Enlisted Personnel can apply even without completing one (1) term.

B. OFFICER CANDIDATE COURSE (OCC)

  1. 21-29 years of age upon admission (no edge waiver);
  2. Baccalaureate degree holder;
  3. Single and never been married, never borne or sired a child;
  4. Natural Born Filipino citizen;
  5. Heigh of not less than 5’0 ft (152.4cm) both male and female but not more than 6’4 (193.04cm)
  6. Physically and mentally fit; and
  7. Enlisted Personnel can apply even without completing one (1) term.

C. CANDIDATE SOLDIER COURSE (CSC

  1. At least 18 exactly 26 years old or younger on the date of appointment as Candidate Soldier (CS). Age waiver is no longer issued by the Command;
  2. Natural Born Filipino citizen;
  3. With 72 units in college or if a high school graduate must possess technical skills/talents needed by the Philippine Army;
  4. At least 5’0 ft (152.4cm) or 60 inches in height. Similarly, height waver is no longer issued by the command;
  5. Single and without child;
  6. Of good moral character; and
  7. Physically and mentally fit for military training

D. The following are the requirements needed for the registration during examinations:

  1. PSA Birth Certificate (Original);
  2. Transcript of Records and Diploma (Original);
  3. Diploma with Form 137-A (For High School Graduate);
  4. Valid ID (Government Issued); and
  5. One (1) 2×2 Picture

There will be a pre – registration for AFPSAT Examination on 01, 06, 08 August 2019 at OG1 Recruitment Office located at infront of Headquarters MP Company.

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Troops under the 103rd Infantry (Haribon) Brigade encountered at least ten (10) members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) commonly known as the New People’s Army (NPA) in Barangay Sabala Bantayao, Lumba Bayabao, Lanao del Sur on Sunday, July 28 at approximately fifteen minutes passed nine o’clock in the morning (9:15 a.m.). The said encounter was a result of a combat operations which was conducted by AFP forces to hunt down approximately one hundred and eighty (180) CTG members who encroached in the said town.

 Members from Guerilla Front 12, which is under the Sub-Regional Committee (SRC) 5, entered the town of Lumba Bayabao to conduct a basic military training and to elude military operations in Bukidnon. However, their foraging and extortion activities affected the locals and this prompted the latter to report their presence to military authorities stationed in the said town. Basing on the information the 103rd Infantry Brigade launched an operation utilizing 49th, 55th, and 82nd Infantry Battalions (IB), and the 15th Division Reconnaissance Company (DRC). The troops patrolled in the reported area until personnel from the 49th IB and the 15th DRC discovered their outpost and engaged with the enemy forces. Two (2) were slightly hurt on the government’s side while the casualties on the enemy’s side is yet to be determined.

BGen Romeo S Brawner, the commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade stressed that there is no place for the CTG in Lanao del Sur and that we will exhaust every means available to rid this place of the enemy’s presence and influence. The provincial government of Lanao del Sur earlier declared the CTG (NPA) as persona non grata in the province and pledged their support to the country’s effort to end communist armed conflict. General Brawner also iterated that instead of continuing a futile armed struggle where thousands of innocent citizens are being abused and caught in the crossfire, the CTG members should consider surrendering and avail the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Livelihood and Integration Program (E-CLIP) so that  they could enjoy living normal lives and spend quality time with their loved ones. All members and supporters may avail of the E-CLIP program including those who were in the engagement with government troops earlier today. Otherwise they would probably end up in jail or suffer worse consequences.

The CTG (NPA) is also attempting to derail the peace process between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine Government in which Lanao del Sur is one of the primary areas in the said peace process.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, ZDS – Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, based in Marawi City facilitated a Youth Leadership Summit in Gymnasium, Provincial Capitol, Lanao del Sur, Thursday, July 25, 2019.

The 4-day summit which will run from July 25 to 28 aims to establish a network of youth leaders from various youth organization, develop their character and leadership potentials, empower them as advocates of peace and development for them to become active participants in social progress in nation building.

Likewise, the activity will also select participants as contingents for the annual National YLS being facilitated by the higher headquarters.

Preventing Violent Extremism will also be tackled for the youth to be enlightened and be aware of the radicalization of extremist group where most of them are targets for recruitment.

Participants of the activity were selected youths from the provinces, cities and unicipalities of Western Mindanao to include, Lanao del Sur, Zamboanga city, Jolo, Tawi-tawi and Cotabato.

Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Commander of Western Mindanao Command, served as guest lecturer of the activity.

Sobejana, a recipient of the Medal for Valor, delivered a lecture was which centered on The Art of Leadership: Leading from the Front. He highlighted his military experiences and the kind of leadership and management style that he applied which brought inspiration to the people he led.

“Be an active youth. Lead and inspire others. You are the hope of our nation” said Sobejana.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, is pleased that the youth summit was held in Lanao del Sur, where the unit has operational jurisdiction.

“The 103rd Infantry Brigade is eager to facilitate and train the youth to become future leaders of our country and mold them as role models of their generations”, added Brawner.

For his part, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops and the stakeholders for the conduct of YLS in Lanao del Sur.

“Leadership always involve service. As a leader there is always accountability in your part. Lead, serve and inspire others with utmost dedication”, Ancan added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, ZDS – A Joint Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and Mindanao Humanitarian Team meeting was held in Provincial Capitol Complex, Marawi City, Thursday, July 25, 2019.

The meeting was conducted to report, update on the security situation and asses the on-going rehabilitation of the most affected areas brought by the Marawi siege last 2017.

According to Atty. Marjanie Macasalong, Bangsamoro Transition Authority member, “Support, convergence and deliberate implementation of government project is the key to achieve our goals in uplifting the lives of Meranaos”.

Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Commander of Western Mindanao Command, who attended the activity encouraged everyone to work and plan as a team.

He also recognized the efforts of the Task Force Bangon Marawi, BARMM, local government units, government agencies, non-government organization and other stakeholders that continuously strive to make Lanao del Sur a peaceful and progressive place to live with.

“As we are still addressing and supporting the rehabilitation of Marawi, we asked for your utmost cooperation as we continue fighting and hunting the remaining local terrorist group in the province”, said Sobejana.

“With your trust, confidence and support, we can sustain our gains in peace and development efforts in this part of Western Mindanao”, Sobejana added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, ZDS –One Abu Sayyaf Group’s (ASG) bomber was arrested in a joint law enforcement operation by Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion and PNP in Brgy Bangkaw-bangkaw, Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay province 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2019.

“Based on the revelation of ASG surrenderees, Isnaji Hasim is operating under Furiji Indama, a Basilan-based Abu Sayyaf Leader. He is also a close associate of Hashim Saripa, one of the responsible in bombing a military checkpoint in Lamitan, Basilan on July 31, 2018  were at least 10 died and 9 others were wounded”, said Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, 44th Infantry Battalion Commander.

“He was also involved in the Jan 23, 2015 Guiwan Bus Terminal Bombing in Zamboanga City that also resulted into 2 deaths and 52 injured”, Templonuevo added.

The bomber yielded one caliber .30 BAR rifle, one grenade, improvised explosive, blasting caps and other bomb paraphernalia.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan., 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction over Zamboanga Sibugay, said that “Our appreciation to the concerned civilian who tipped the troops  that led to the arrest of Hasim”.

“This is an evidence that even the locals denounce the presence of terrorist group in their communities. 102nd Infantry Brigade will continue to hunt down the remaining terrorist who are planning to conduct atrocities in the area”, Gaerlan added.

For his part, Major General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded the troops and the concerned civilian for the successful arrest of the ASG bomber.

“Trust, confidence and support of civilians, stakeholders and local government units to our troops will result into a successful law enforcement operation”, Ancan added.

“Rest assured that we will work doubly hard in order to sustain our gains in peace and development efforts in this part of Western Mindanao,” Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Army troops under 44th Infantry Battalion and armed elements of Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) figured in an encounter in Brgy Diampak, Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay Province, 3:00 p.m. Wednesday July 17, 2019.

“Our troops immediately responded to the call of the local populace about the presence of armed CNTs in their community that are extorting money and foodstuffs. While we are approaching, the CNTs fired upon us which led to a firefight,” said Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, 44th Infantry Battalion Commander.

The firefight which lasted for 30 minutes resulted to the killing of one CNT member and recovery of one M16 Rifle, magazines, ammunitions and subversive documents with high intelligence value.

One of the government troops was slightly wounded in the course of encounter. Said trooper was immediately brought to the nearest hospital for proper medication.

Templonuevo also said, “Our troops saw several wounded CNT members as they scampered to different directions during the encounter.”

The people of Kabasalan also reported to the government troops that they are already fed up with the threat, intimidation and extortion activities of the CNTs in their communities.

It can be recalled that 44IB troopers and the CNTs also figured in an encounter last July 14, 2019.

“We thank the people of Kabasalan for taking action against the CNTs’ threat and extortion activities in their localities,” said Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., commander of 102nd Brigade.

“We also urge other CNTs especially those who were wounded to come out and be given proper medical treatment. We are assuring you of your safety and security. We will also assist you to avail the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) for you to live peacefully,” Gaerlan added.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the troops of 44IB for their swift response, and the people of Kabasalan for their cooperation which led to the successful conduct of operations.

“With the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) we will unify and harmonize our peace and development efforts with the the local government units, government agencies and other stakeholders to end the local communist armed conflict in the region,” said Ancan

“Our condolences also go to the family of the dead CNT member. It is tragic that he took arms against the government which led to his senseless demise”, added Ancan.

Additional troops were sent to the area to pursue the fleeing CNTs, while the PNP Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) went to conduct investigation in the encounter area.

The troops of 44IB are also in close coordination with the barangay officials to ensure the safety and security of the residents in the area.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A total of six armed NPA Militia members surrendered to the Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion in Brgy Balagon, Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay this week.

On, Wednesday July 10, 2019, four armed NPA Militia surrendered to Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, 44th Infantry Battalion Commander.

The surrenderor also yielded one homemade shot gun and three pistols.

The following day, July 11, 2019, in the same barangay, another two armed Militia followed the path of their comrades to return to the folds of the law. The two also yielded two caliber .38 pistols.

“One of the surrenderor revealed that they were no longer satisfied with the promises and lies of the Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) in their community”, said Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, 44th Infantry Battalion Commander.

“Ang ilahang saad sa amoha nga tagaan mi ug maayong pamoyo ug protektahan kami sa mga abusado nga sundalo, apan nabali ang tanan, sila man hinuoy mga abusado. Ang among kunsumo sa bukid, sila man hinuoy nakapahimulos”, ingon ni alias Carol. (“They’ve promise us a peaceful life and protect us from the abusive soldiers, however it was the other way around. They (the CNT’s) were the abusive. They consumed our foods in the mountain,” said alias Carol).

“The snowball of surrender can be attributed to the convergence of efforts of the local government units, government agencies and other stakeholders through the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) in Region 9,” said Brigadier General Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., commander of 102nd Infantry Brigade.

It can be recalled that the RTF-ELCAC IX was activated last May 24, 2019 at the headquarters of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division in Camp Sang-an, Labangan, Zamboanga de Sur in line with the EO 70 signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte last December 4, 2018 creating the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and institutionalizing the “Whole-of-Nation-Approach” in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace.

Under the EO 70, the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) is just one of the social development packages which provides benefits and opportunities to former CNT member who returned to the folds of the government and embrace a peaceful life.

Meanwhile, Major General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops that led to the surrender of the six NPA Militia.

“Let us embrace our long lost brothers and sisters who have been victims of the lies and deceit of Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) as they return and chose to lead a life away from violence,” Ancan said.

“Your Army together with all the government instrumentalities and stakeholders will continue to work together through the operationalization of EO 70 in order to defeat the CTG and to attain just and sustainable peace in Western Mindanao,” added Ancan.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, ZDS –An estimated market value of P6.5 million crystalline substance suspected shabu were seized and a drug personality was arrested by the combined elements of 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, PDEA Regional Office – X and BARMM and the PNP in Brgy West Poblacion, Balo-i, Lanao del Norte 3:30 p.m, Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Jalil Akil, alias Malik Linog, the alleged drug dealer, was arrested through a buy bust operation.

The government forces also seized two genuine one thousand peso bills, 13 bundles of cut out one thousand bill (boodle money) in Akil’s possession.

According to the 4th Mechanized Infantry battalion commander, Ltc Bernardo A Taqueban, “The success of this operation can be attributed to the close collaboration between and among the different law enforcement agencies in the campaign against illegal drugs. Our unit is always ready to assist in any joint law enforcement and security operations to ensure the security and protection of our communities.”

The evidences were already facilitated by PDEA Regional Laboratory Office for qualitative and quantitative examination; while the suspect was temporarily detained at PDEA RO-X Detention cell for booking and documentation of his violation.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Ezra James Enriquez, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction over Lanao del Norte, said that “Proper coordination among law enforcement units and timely execution greatly helped our forces in the successful conduct of the operation”.

For his part, Major General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded the troops involved for the successful Joint Law Enforcement Support Operation.

“We thank the concerned residents of Balo-i for the timely information relayed to our troops which led to the success of our operations. Rest assured that we will work doubly hard in order to sustain our gains in peace and development efforts in this part of Western Mindanao,” said Ancan

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Two Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) members surrendered to the Army’s 51st Infantry Battalion and 5th Infantry Battalion in Brgy Rogongon, Iligan City 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2019.

“Our initial custodial debriefing found out that due to our relentless combat operation, most of them are starving and only eat one meal a day”, said Lt. Col. Jasper Edward Obar, 51st Infantry Battalion Commander.

“Lisod ang kinabuhi sa bukid. Mas lisod kaysa adtong pa sa panahon kaniadtong dili pa kami myembro sa NPA. Walay direksyon among pakigbisug”, ingon ni alias Braga. (“Our life in mountainous part is hard. Much harder when we were not yet members of the NPA group. There is no direction in what we are fighting for,” said alias Braga).

The two CNT yielded two M1 Garrand rifles and ammunitions. As of this year, a total of 29 Communist NPA Terrorists surrendered to 51IB.

“The influx of CNT surrenders in Iligan City is a testament of their desire to unite and live peacefully with their families. We expect that more CNTs will return to the folds of the law in the coming days as our troops on the ground received a lot of surrender feelers,” says Brig. Gen. Ezra James Enriquez, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander.

“Likewise, we urge the NPA leadership in our area of operation to engage us thru localized peace talks to address their issues and problems peacefully”, Enriquez added.

Meanwhile, Major General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops that led to the surrender of the two CNTs.

“We encourage other CNT members to surrender with their firearms, return to the folds of the law and benefit the Enhanced Local Integration Program of the government”, said Ancan.

“Based on Executive Order Nr 70, creating a Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC), the Joint Task Force ZAMPELAN is doing its best to contribute to the mission of the created task force,” added Ancan.

“Convergence and synchronization of plans, programs and projects among the government agencies is vital and key to end the long decades of insurgency that only brought misery to our country”, Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS – A total of 28 loose firearms, magazines and ammunitions were turned over by the locals of Maigo, Lanao del Norte and its neighboring municipalites to the 5th Mechanized Battalion in Mindanao State University, Maigo, Lanao del Norte 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

“The concerted effort and intensified collaboration among our troops, local communities, local chief executives and other stakeholders resulted into this momentous activity”, said Lt. Col. Rolando Orengo, 55th Mech Battalion Commander.

The turned-over loose firearms were consist of one AK47, one Bushmaster, one Cal. 30 M1 Garrand, two Cal. 30 Carbine, one M4, one M16 A1, two Cal. 22 rifles; three 40MM grenade launchers; nine 12 gauge shotguns and seven handguns.

Outgoing Mayor of Maigo Hon. Rafael Rizalda who facilitated the turn-over of majority of the loose firearms thanked the Army for their effort in sustaining peace and development in the municipality during his stint.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Ezra James Enriquez, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction over Lanao del Norte said that “this is part of our campaign against proliferation of loose firearms so that our people would feel more secured and safe in their daily activities.”

Enriquez also urged the people to cooperate and report to proper authorities the proliferation of firearms in their communities.

For his part, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded the troops, the local government unit and stakeholders of Maigo, Lanao del Norte.

“I urge everyone to continue our efforts in pursuing lasting peace not just for Mindanao but for the whole country. Let us conquer the challenges ahead of us and step up the momentum in sustaining our gains for our common aspiration”, said Ancan.

Ancan also asked for the trust and support of the constituents, local government units and stakeholders to the Armed Forces of the Philippines who continuously strive to attain just and lasting peace in the country.

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