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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, ZDS – The 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division Training School now has new commandant after the Joint Change of Command and Chief of Office ceremony held here Friday, February 7, 2020.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Obena succeeded Lt. Col. Renante Besa who is set to take post as a commanding officer of one of the battalions of the command.

Obena is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1995.

He is a graduate of Masters in Business Administration in University of Mindanao, Masters in Business Management in Mindanao State University in Iligan Institute of Technology and Masters in Public Management major in Development Security in Development Academy of the Philippines.

Obena also finished Command and Staff Operations Law Course in Asia Pacific Center for Military Law and Command and General Staff Course in Command and General Staff College.

During his assumption speech, Obena thank and expressed his gratitude to the command for considering as the Commandant of 1DTS.

He also stated the importance of training beside the operational and administrative functions of a unit.

He further urged the personnel of the 1st DTS to implore their cooperation and support to accomplish the task mandated by the command.

Col. Benjamin Batara Jr., Chief of Staff and the presiding officer, reminded the incoming commandant of 1st DTS of the importance of leadership and administration of the school.

“1st DTS is a very vital component of the division. It is where the discipline, leadership and fighting capability of the troops were molded in order to serve and protect the constituents of the area of responsibility effectively and efficiently”, said Batara.

Meanwhile, Major Malvin Ligutan acted as the acting chief of the office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations, G7.

He succeeded Lt. Col. Franco Rafael Alano who is now the commanding officer of the 55th Infantry Battalion, based in Madalum, Lanao del Sur.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, ZDS – The Multi-Sectoral Governance Council (MSGC) of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division held its 22rd meeting in Top Plaza Pensionne, Dipolog city Thursday.

Four units, the Headquarters and Headquarters Service Battalion, Service Support Battalion, 64th Infantry Battalion and 1st Division Training School, were awarded with a compliant stage, and 97th Infantry Battalion with Initiated stage in the Army Governance Pathway.

The Army Governance Pathway is a commitment to pursue genuine transformation and reform as manifested by exemplary progress in governance and strategy management.

The host municipality led by Mayor Darel Dexter T. Uy, also a member of the MSGC, congratulated the 1st ID for the achievements in its pursuit of sustainable peace and security in the area of responsibility.

He also thanked the troops for its commitment and continued service in the communities of his municipality.

Brig. Gen. Gene Ponio, Commander of 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, represented by Col. Jose Randolf Sino Cruz, Assistant Division Commander for Retirees and Reservist Affairs, during his speech, thanked the council for its six years of continuously providing the much needed advices to the command.

“An act that this Division could not least take notice of we are indebted so much by your constant contribution in so far as the over-all effort of pursuing the Army Transformation Roadmap is concern”, said Ponio.

“It is humbling experience for us to be recognized by the civilian populace we have sworn to serve and protect which you represent to this command”, added Ponio.

The MSGC is chaired by Atty. Florendo Opay. Other members are Mr. Vic Del Pilar, Engr Rolando Soliva, Sultan Maguid Maruhom, Mr. Rey Quisumbing, Mr. Robert Pinsoy, Hon. Darel Dexter Uy, Timuay Jose Macarial, Ms. Nede Bayawa Ed.D., and Mr. Musa Sanguila.

The MSGC is administratively facilitated by the Governance and Strategy Management Office, which is headed by the newly appointed chief, Col. Norberto Agbay.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, ZDS- A New People’s Army Finance Officer was arrested by combined army and police forces in Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental Wednesday afternoon.

Jenefer C Aguhob, known as alias ACE/JEN was apprehended by the joint law enforcement operation coducted by the AFP and PNP led by Police Lt Col Melfin Ian Burlat.

The troops served the Warrant of Arrest for Murder issued by Regional Trial Court 9th Judicial Region Branch 9, Dipolog City against Aguhob.

Colonel Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Infantry Brigade commander, said that the arrest of Aguhob will affects the morale and operational capability of the SRPC II (MONTEROSA) since she holds a significant position in the organization by providing financial and logistical support to the armed group.

Aguhob is now detained at the police station of Oroquieta City and being processed for appropriate disposition.

For his part, Brig. Gen. Gene Ponio, commander of the 1st Infantry Division, lauded the troops for the successful arrest of NPA finance officer.

He also urged other NPAs to surrender and lay down their firearms to benifit the E-CLIP before it is to late.

Last week, a platoon of NPAs surrendered to the 102nd Infantry Brigade.

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Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City- February 4, 2020

Military and GMA Kapuso Foundation officials signed Tuesday a deal to construct classrooms in Zamboanga City and Lanao del Norte.

Luz Annalee Escudero-Catibog, executive vice president and chief operating officer of GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc., said the organization will work with army engineers to construct a school for orphaned children of Abu Sayyaf fighters in Zamboanga City.

“This is in answer to the pleas of the community. We will build a one-story school house for orphaned children of Abu Sayyaf fighters. This will be a combination of a primary school, an alternative learning school, and a madrasah inside the complex of the 54th Engineer Brigade,” said Escudero-Catibog.

Joint Task Force ZamPeLan Commander Brig. Gen. Generoso Ponio, 54th Engineer Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Anthony Cacayuran, and 55th Engineer Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Nestor Abando joined Catibog during the signing of the Terms of Reference in Camp Navarro.

GMA Kapuso Foundation and the armed forces, through the army engineers, will construct a hanging bridge in Lanao del Norte and classrooms in Marawi City’s Patani Elementary School and Pansur Primary School.

Under the terms of reference, the armed forces will provide security and logistics requirements for the project implementation.

“We commit our forces according to our capability to really look on the projects and assure you that we will secure, support, and supervise the projects,” said Brig. Gen. Ponio, who thanked the Kapuso Foundation.

GMA Kapuso Foundation will lead the implementation, cooperation, and completion of the joint projects.

“Their (military’s) expertise will come in hand because we really ask the engineers to help us with the supervision. We have a small contingent of engineers so we really rely on the army engineers to be there for us, especially for supervision,” added Ecudero-Catibog.

Brig. Gen. Francisco Ariel Felicidario III, WestMinCom’s deputy commander for administration, along with other WestMinCom officials, graced the TOR signing in Zamboanga City at 11am on February 4.

“These are pro-poor endeavors that your armed forces strongly support because these are peace and development initiatives that work to reach out to the less privileged people in conflict-stricken and remote areas where aid rarely comes,” said WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana.

“We value this partnership with GMA Kapuso Foundation and other organizations that take the lead for sustainablem security and development in Mindanao,” he added.


Source: WesMinCom PIO

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MADALUM, LDS – Two high powered firearms were turned over by the locals of Madalum, Lanao del Sur to the 5tth Infantry Battalion in the Municipal hall 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 3, 2020.

“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. Franco Rafael Alano, 55th Infantry Battalion Commander.

The turned-over loose firearms  consist of two M16A1 5.56mm rifles.

Vice Mayor Usman Sarangani Sr. who facilitated the turn-over of the loose firearms thanked the Army for their effort in sustaining peace and development in the municipality of Madalum.

He also assured that local goverment of Madalum will exert extra effort to support the 55th Infantry Battalion.

Meanwhile, Col Jose Maria Cuerpo, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction over Lanao del Sur 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.”

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

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, ZDS – An Airborne Ranger-trained officer will now lead the 55th Infantry (Vigilant) Battalion after the change of command ceremony held at their headquarters, in Madalum, Lanao del Sur, on Sunday, February 02, 2020.

Lt. Col. Franco Raphael Alano, succeeded Lt. Col. Ian Noel Ignes, who have just finished his tour of duty as battalion commander and is set to be assigned to a higher position in Visayaz Region.

During his assumption speech, Alano vowed together with the Vigilant troopers to continue on the momentum that was already gained through exemplary teamwork and dedication to duty.

He also implored  local chief executives, agency heads community leaders and other stakeholders for their cooperation in the pursuit of lasting peace and sustainable development.

Lt. Col. Alano was a former Scout Ranger unit commander in his earlier years in the service. He was later designated as Civil Military Operations (CMO) Officer of the Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) then of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division.

LTC. ALANO is a member of the Philippine Military Academy class of 1998. He is a graduate of Command and General Staff Course, a prerequisite to the position he now assumed, in AFP Education Training doctrine Command. He is also a Fellow of the Mindanao Bridging Leadersip Program (MBLP) of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati City.

Meanwhile, during his relinquishment speech, Ignes thanked local chief executives for the trust, support and cooperation with the battalion in accomplishing its mission.

He also thanked the troops for their service and longed to remain united and continue to believe as a team.

The presiding general and the commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Brig. Gen. Gene Ponio, commended the outgoing battalion commander for his exemplary performance in Lanao del Sur and his tour of duty in 1ID.

He also awarded Lt. Col. Alano for his service as the former Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations, G7, of the command.

“With his career and service reputation, I am confident that the new commander will steer the Vigilant battalion to the greater heights”, said Ponio.

“Let us look forward in achieving our mission in Lanao del Sur and uphold the duties and responsibilities mandated by the higher headquarters” Ponio added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division this week awarded troopers who’ve demonstrated courageous act and risked their lives in their performance of duty in the command’s area of responsibility.

Last Saturday, in Camp Evangelista Station Hospital, Cagayan de Oro city, Brig. Gen. Gene Ponio, the division commander, conferred the Wounded Personnel Medal award to the five Tabak trooper, who were wounded during the shooting incident last December 24, 2019.

Two were dead including a junior officer, and five were injured during that incident.

On Sunday, Brig. Gen. Ponio also awarded the eleven 82nd Infantry Battalion troopers with Military Merit Medal at their headquarters in Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur.

The awardees were recognized for their neutralization of one Dawlah Islamiyah Maute terrorist remnants in hinterland boundaries in municipalities of Balindong and Piagapo, Lanao del Sur, last January 24, 2020.

They’ve also recovered one M16 rifle, one kilogram of explosive components for improvised explosives and a container of rice during that engagement.

According to Brig. Gen. Ponio, “While we are accomplishing our missions, morale and welfare should not be taken for granted”.

He also assured to provide the best medical care for the wounded trooper for their speedy recovery.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, ZDS – A platoon-size of Communist NPA rebels surrendered to Army’s 102nd Infantry “IGSOON” Brigade at their headquarters in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 30, 2020.

The 28 Former Rebels (FRs), who also yielded seven firearms and explosives, were members of the Western Mindanao Party Committee who operates in Zamboanga Peninsula provinces and Misamis Occidental.

The group were ceremonially presented to the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict 9 (RTF-ELCAC – 9), represented by Mario Baterna – Provincial Director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) –  Sibugay together with Brig. Gen. Generoso “Gene” Ponio, Commander, 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army and others.

Alias Diane, one of the former rebels, during his message says that “Nailad ko sa nagrecruit nako na NPA. Gipasaligan ko na naay SUPAMIL (suporta sa pamilya) kada bulan nga madawat akong pamilya kung moapil mi sa armadong pakigbisog. Apan walay pinansyal na niabot sa among balay”.

(I was deceived by the NPA recruiter. They’ve assured that my family will receive monthly financial support if I am going to join the armed struggle. But the finances they’ve promised were not able to reach our home”.

Alias Diego (former rebel), during the press conference, expressed his displeasure of the NPA organization administration and their armed struggle.

Col. Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of the Zampen and Mis Occ provinces, vowed to enroll the 28 FRs to the Enhance Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

He also assured to collaborate with the Task Force ELCAC, local chief executives, PNP and other stakeholders to facilitate the documents needed during the process of integration.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Ponio during his speech said that “The government is serious in the implementation of the EO-70 by the president through its Task Force ELCAC, or the whole-of- nation approach”.

“Convergence among government agencies, local government units and other stakeholders is the key to end the decades-long communist armed conflict in Mindanao”, Ponio said.

“Encourage some of your comrades, our doors is always open for those who wish to return to the folds of the law but we remain stern in performing our mandate of protecting the people if any situation arises,” he added.

The said activity was also attended by Hon Senen Angeles, Vice Governor Zamboanga del Norte, Mr Dennis Baguio, Representing Governor of Zamboanga Sibugay, DOLE, TESDA, PNP, and Battalion Commanders of 102nd Infantry Brigade.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, ZDS –An estimated market value of 6.8 million pesos crystalline substance suspected “shabu” were seized and two drug personalities were arrested by the joint law enforcement operations of PDEA BARMM, PNP, 82nd Infantry Battalion and 103rd Infantry Brigade in MSU Commercial Center, Brgy. Dimalna, Marawi City, 11:30 am Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

The arrested personalities were identified as Jamal Manumbilao Tocalo also known as alias Jun and Muhajir Usman Samad through a buy bust/entrapment operation.

The government forces also recovered 1.6 million pesos buy-bust money, two pieces driver’s license, two leather wallets and Yamaha Aerox motorcycle.

According to the Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, “The success of this operation is attributed to the close collaboration among different law enforcement agencies in the campaign against illegal drugs”.

“Proper coordination among law enforcement units and timely execution greatly helped our forces in the successful conduct of operation”, Cuerpo added.

For his part, Brig. Gen. Generoso “Gene” Ponio, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded the troops involved for the successful arrest of drug personalities.

“Your Tabak trooper is always ready to assist and contribute in any joint law enforcement and support operations to ensure the security and protection of the constituents in our area of operation”, said Ponio.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, ZDS – The 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division appointed a female officer to lead a battalion and a new intelligence chief after the Joint Change of Command and Chief of Office ceremony held here Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

Lt. Col. Janet Laurena assumed command of the Headquarters and Headquarters

Service Battalion (HHSBn) and succeeded Lt. Col. Norberto Agbay who is now the acting chief of the Governance and Strategy Management Office of 1ID.

Laurena is a member of the Officer Candidate Course Class of 1997.

She is a graduate of Command and General Staff Course (CGSC) Class 63-2018 and Masters in Public Management Major in Development and Security, a prerequisite for the key position she now assumed.

During her assumption speech, she thanked the command for the trust and confidence in designating her as the Battalion Commander of the HHSBn 1ID, PA

“I am ready to face the challenges ahead. The lessons I have gained in the service on responsibility, duty, trust and loyalty, all these I will carry all throughout my military career”, said Laurena.

HHSBn, is in-charge of the camp administration, security and personnel support for 1ID.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Noel Abello assumed as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G2 replacing Lt. Col. Joel Lobitaňa, who acted as chief upon the relief of the primary staff.

Abello is a proud member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1997. He is also a graduate of Command and General Staff Course in AFP, Education, Training and Doctrine Command.

Abello vowed to provide leadership and direction of the office and accepted the challenge and will do his best in order to accomplish the mission of 1ID.

Brig. Gen. Generoso “Gene” Ponio, Commander of 1ID and the presiding officer, advised the newly appointed battalion commander and chief of office to show the same passion and dedication in the performance of duty in implementing the government’s initiatives and advocacies.

“Let us look forward in achieving our mission and always bear in mind the duties and responsibilities we hold” Ponio said.

“Rest assured that the command will support you in your admin, logistics and financial endeavours”, Ponio concluded.

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