Month: November 2019

CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS – A total of 20 loose firearms were turned over by the locals of Magsaysay, Lanao del Norte to the 5th Mechanized Battalion in the Municipal hall 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

“The concerted effort and intensified collaboration among our troops, PNP, 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 FAL Caliber 7.62, one M14, three M16A1, one M635 with grenade launcher, four carbine rifles; and ten handguns.

Mayor Haron Omar Sr. who facilitated the turn-over of the loose firearms thanked the Army for their effort in sustaining peace and development in the municipality.

He also assured the continuous collaboration and support of the local government to the 5th Mech Battalion.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Facundo Palafox IV, 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.”

Palafox also urged the locals to cooperate and report to proper authorities for the proliferation of firearms in their communities.

For his part, Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) acting commander, lauded the troops, the local government unit and stakeholders of Magsaysay.

“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 Gaerlan.

Gaerlan 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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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) for Region IX (ZAMPEN Region) launched its flagship program dubbed ZAMPEN (Zamboanga Peninsula) Area for Peace and Development or ZAPD in Brgy San Jose, Lapuyan last Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

ZAPD aims to synergize the efforts of all government agencies in the region and other partner NGOs for the clearing of CPP-NPA influenced areas and making cleared communities resilient from the resurgence of CPP-NPA influence.

In compliance to the EO 70, which is better known as the Whole Of Nation approach to end local communist insurgency, the concept of ZAPD is to bring development and security to vulnerable communities so that social issues which are encouraging our citizens to support and join the local insurgency will be addressed for good.

The activity was graced by USec Rene Glenn Paje, Undersecretary for Inclusive and Sustainable Peace, DSWD as guest of honor.

USec Paje was accompanied by Gov Victor J Yu of Zamboanga del Sur who is also very actively implementing his province’s version of the TF-ELCAC.

Lapuyan Mayor Joel Sulong, as host of the area, was also present to receive the guests and participants of the event, and to express his unconditional support to the program.

Also in attendance were Colonel Leonel Nicolas, the commander of the 102nd Infantry Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Marlowe Patria, commanding officer of the 53rd Infantry Battallion, heads and representatives of regional offices.

After his message Governor Yu rang the traditional gong three times to symbolize the start of the ZAPD program, after which the RTF-ELCAC IX logo, which was mainly designed by the 1st Infantry Division, was officially unveiled by the distinguishes guests.

The program ended with signing of pledge of commitment to the program by the guests, IP leaders, and the locals.

During his speech Hon. Victor Yu, Governor of Zamboanga del Sur, assured the locals of Lapuyan that his administration is seriously implementing programs to bring about progress in conflict affected communities which includes Lapuyan. He also vowed to pave the road in the area to give the people of San Jose and its adjacent barangays better opportunities to prosper.

“I am happy to announce that with the RTF-ELCAC IX, more NPAs surrendered to our government forces. We also urged the local officials and leaders to discourage the constituents in supporting or joining the NPAs”, Yu said.

Meanwhile, Usec. Rene Glen Paje of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) who represented Sec. Rolando Bautista, during his speech said that, “The Task Force will deliver the basic services and encourage good governance. This will also answer the problem of peace and security in our communities”.

“I enjoin everyone to support the Regional Task Force ELCAC, the local government agencies and units in order to attain a just and lasting peace and sustainable development for our communities and for our future generations”, Paje added.

For his part, Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) Acting commander, lauded the Local government units, government agencies, 53rd Infantry Battalion and 102nd Infantry Brigade for the momentous activity.

General Gaerlan quoted that “Inter-agency convergence will bring inclusive and sustainable development in the conflict affected communities in our area of operations. Convergence will speed up our clearing of the conflict affected areas and its development. We also encourage the NPAs to surrender and lay down their firearms and benefit from the programs of the RTF – ELCAC IX for the benefit of their families and their communities”.

In conjunction with the launching ceremony was an RTF-ELCAC IX Serbisyo Caravan which catered to more than 1000 locals who availed of the services which the various government agencies delivered to the area. The 1st Infantry Division also actively participated in the activity thru the 53rd IB and the 1CMOBn whose responsible for the facilitation of medical assistance and distribution of 300 pairs of slippers during the event.

After the launching ceremony, the RTF-ELCAC IX secretariat, together with Governor Yu proceeded to the ground-breaking ceremony of the Zamboanga del Sur half-way house for former rebels which was facilitated by the 53rd IB in Poblacion, Guipos. Former rebels who are currently beneficiaries of the government’s Rebel Reintegration Program were also presented during the event.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division ceremonially started it’s 18-day campaign to end Violence Against Women (VAW) during the flag raising ceremony here Monday, November 25, 2019.

Based on the Republic Act 10398 of 2013, November 25 is declared as National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) in support of the Worldwide Campaign to End VAW.

This year’s campaign, themed “VAW-free community starts with Me”, will continue to emphasize the role of individuals in combatting violence against women and girls within various institutions including the command.

In support to the campaign, the command organized the Men Oppose to VAW Everywhere (MOVE). MOVE was originally organized in the year 2006 by the Philippine Commission on Women.

MOVE members vowed and committed themselves to be actively involved in the elimination of VAW. Command’s MOVE members were Deputies of the General, Technical and Special Staff; Deputy Brigade Commanders and Executive Officers of the Brigades and Battalions of line units.

During the activity, Col. Benjamin G. Batara Jr., Chief of Staff, 1ID, read the message of the Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto, the Commanding General of the Philippine Army. While Brig. Gen. Bagnus P. Gaerlan Jr., Acting Division Commander, read the message of the Secretary of National Defense, Hon. Delfin N. Lorenzana.

Committee meeting was immediately conducted in order to review and determine the level of implementation of Gender and Development programs, activities and projects.

Brig. Gen. Gaerlan, together with the MOVE members, also signed the Commitment Wall as an assurance and testament of their support to end violence against women.

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Brig. Gen. Bagnus P Gaerlan Jr O-10090 AFP was designated as the acting commander of 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division upon reassignment and promotion of Maj. Gen. Roberto T Ancan as the commander of Central Command, AFP, based in Cebu City.

He was born on 26 May 1966 in San Juan La Union. A proud member of the Philippine Military Academy “MAKATAO” Class of 1989.

Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, served combat duty in Luzon with the Army’s 5th Infantry Division. He also held positions as Platoon Leader of Alpha Company 77IB; Company Commander of the 4th Scout Ranger Battalion, FSRR, SOCOM, PA.

Grig. Gen. Gaerlan also rendered service in training at the 5th Army Training Group, TRADOC, PA as Group Commander and as Commandant at the Combat Arms School, TRADOC, PA.

He served at Management Branch of OG1, OG3, PA; Secretary of Unified Command Staff and as Deputy U3 at Southern Command AFP; Commander 44IB, 1st Infantry Division, PA; Deputy Brigade Commander, 102nd Infantry Bde, 1st Infantry Division, PA and as the Brigade Commander, 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Bde, 1st Infantry Division Philippine Army prior to his present designation as Acting Commander of 1st Infantry Division, Philippine Army.

He also took special duties to include: Vice-chairman Training Oversight Committee PA; Chairman, CS Pre-training Board Philippine Army; Member of the Awards and Decoration Board Southern Command Armed Forces of the Philippines and as Project Officer, Project Management Team Headquarters Philippine Army.

Brig. Gen. Gaerlan Jr is also a recipient of numerous awards, badges and medals, including (4) Distinguish Service Star, Gawad sa Kaunlaran,(37) Military Merit Medals,(16) Military Commendation Medals,(1) Bronze Cross Medal,(1) Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Achievement Medal, Military Civic Action Medal, Parangal sa Kapanalig, Long Service Medal, Gawad sa Kaunlaran, Sagisag ng Ulirang Kawal, and Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao-Sulu Anti-Dissidents Campaign Medal and Ribbon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army activated the 11th Division Sniper Company here on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

The 11th DSC is a highly specialized – force multiplier that will provide sniping capability to the Infantry Battalions of 1ID and can also conduct reconnaissance and surveillance operation to the supported units.

The company is composed of five officers and sixty-three enlisted personnel who were sniper-qualified and rifle experts that can shoot and neutralize targets or threat efficiently.

Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., Acting Division Commander and the keynote speaker of the ceremony, assured full support on the operational and administrative needs of the unit for the accomplishment of the assigned tasks.

“Neutralization of local terrorist groups and other threats in our area of operation will be easily achieve since they can shoot the targets proficiently”, said Gaerlan.

“To the snipers, I challenge you to train more and work with dedication and pride. I expect you to be as vigorous, brave and be committed to serve and secure our constituents in our area of responsibility”, Gaerlan added.

 

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The 6th Senior Enlisted Leaders Symposium CY-2019 with the Theme: “Propelling Excellence and Solidarity of Senior NCO Leaders Towards Accomplishment of Mission” was conducted here last 14-15 November 2019.

The activity was attended by all Sergeant Majors and Selected First Sergeants from organic units of the command.

The yearly activity of the Office of the Division Sergeant Major aims to:

a. Reinforce the leadership roles of the Senior NCOs in motivating their subordinates to become highly committed, competent and responsible soldiers;

b. To have a dialogue with the Senior NCOs and extract from them the issues and concerns that may affect the discipline, morale and welfare of the Enlisted Personnel Corps;

c. Provide a forum and feedback mechanism for the dissemination of new Higher Headquarters’ policies and directives;

d. Provide means for sharing of best leadership practices;

e. Develop camaraderie and fellowship among the NCO Corps;

f. Re-echo the important topics discussed during the symposium that were attended by our Division Sgt Major at HPA and GHQ, AFP;

g. Develop individual awareness and sensitivity in perceiving gender issues and inequalities in the Philippine Army as an organization, understand the importance of GAD in attaining gender equality and to develop the confidence to do Senior NCOs work as gender advocates; and.

h. Develop awareness of the participants on (Executive Order Nr 70) The national framework that contains principles, plans and programs that will bring inclusive and sustainable peace, and address the root causes of insurgencies, internal disturbances and tensions as well as other armed conflicts and threats in identified areas.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Four Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) supporters surrendered and yielded firearms to Army’s 49th  Infantry Battalion in Masiu, Lanao del Sur 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2019.

“The surrendered CNT supporters, who yielded one M16 rifle, one caliber 38 handgun, magazines and ammunitions, were dissatisfied with the NPA organization and their terrorist activities”, said Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion commander.

“Our initial custodial debriefing also found out that, their surrender was the result of our relentless combat operation in the province of Lanao del Sur”, added Villanueva.

Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, facilitated the turn-over of the surrendered CNT supporter to Mr. Kisrawi Macarankat, Deputy Municipal Administrator of Municipality of Masiu.

“We are gaining grounds in our relentless operation in the province and we are thankful to the local populace and the local government unit for their continued trust and support”, said Cuerpo.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) Acting Commander, commended the efforts of the troops that led to the surrender of the NPA supporters.

“We are confident that the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) were properly managed by various government agencies and will continuously encourage and facilitate our former rebels to return into the mainstream society”, said Gaerlan.

“We encourage other CNT members to surrender with their firearms, return to the folds of the law and benefit the Enhanced Local Integration Program which is part of the program of the Task Force ELCAC”, said Gaerlan.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A total of 44 loose firearms were turned over by the locals of Bayang, Lanao del Sur and its neighboring municipalities to Army’s 55th Infantry Battalion and 103rd Infantry Brigade in Bayang, Lanao del Sur 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 18, 2019.

The loose firearms that were handed over were one 50 caliber sniper rifle, one M653 bushmaster, one M16 rifle, one Garand, two homemade uzi, two M79 grenade launchers and thirty-six handguns.

Mayor of Bayang, Hon. Aslani Balt who facilitated the turn-over of the loose firearms, thanked the Army for their effort in sustaining peace and development in the municipality of Bayang.

According to Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, “The concerted effort and intensified collaboration among our troops, local communities, local chief executives and other stakeholders resulted into this momentous activity”.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr, the Acting Commander of the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces), commended the efforts of the troops and the local government unit of Bayang, Lanao del Sur for the convergence of efforts which led to the successful hand over of the loose firearms.

“Your 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, in collaboration with the LGUs and other stakeholders, remains steadfast in its commitment to attain just and lasting peace in our area of operation thru our campaign against loose firearms,” Gaerlan added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Two members of Abu Sayyaf group surrendered to Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion in Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay, 8:30 a.m. Thursday, November 14, 2019.

“The two were identified as alias JOLO USMAN, and alias JUL, are residents of Talipao, Jolo, Sulu and operating under Sibih Pisih, one of the notorious leader of Abu Sayyaf Group,”, said Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, 44th IB Commander.

“Both however lie-lowed in Sibugay province in the year 2016”, added Templonuevo.

The two also yielded two Garand rifles and now undergoing custodial debriefing as of this posting.

According to Col. Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Zamboanga Sibugay “We continuously encourage terrorist groups and their supporters to surrender and submit themselves to the folds of the law and become productive Filipino citizens”.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., Acting Commander of the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces), commended the efforts of the troops for the successful surrender of the two ASG member.

“Your 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, remains steadfast in its commitment to attain just and lasting peace in our area of operation thru our campaign against terrorist and other threat groups,” said Gaerlan.

“Likewise, we thank the constituents and other stakeholders for the trust and confidence to our troops who relentlessly strive to sustain the peace and security in Western Mindanao,” Gaerlan added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Two local terrorist and two supporters voluntarily surrendered to Army’s 49th Infantry Battalion in Brgy Cormatan Masiu, Lanao del Sur 3:30 p.m. Monday, November 11, 2019.

“The local terrorist were identified as Camar Gampong Musa and Nasroding Comayog Patilan, while the supporters were Badroding Gampong Patilan and Pacalinog Patila”, said Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva 49th Infantry Battalion commander.

The four also yielded one M16A1 rifle, one caliber 45 pistol, magazines and ammunitions.

Custodial debriefing is still on-going as of this posting.

According to Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur “We continuously encourage local terrorist groups and their supporters to surrender and submit themselves to the folds of the law in order to make their community peaceful”.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., Acting Commander of the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces), commended the efforts of the troops for the successful surrender of local terrorist members and their supporters.

“Your 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, remains steadfast in its commitment to attain just and lasting peace in our area of operation thru our campaign against local terrorist groups, lawless armed groups and loose firearms,” said Gaerlan.

“Likewise, we thank the local government and other stakeholders for their continued trust and support to our troops in contributing peace and development in the whole province of Lanao del Sur,” Gaerlan added.

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