Recognizing Efficiency, Excellence: Matapat Troopers Receive Military Medals

In recognition for their meritorious performance and invaluable service rendered during the recent Philippine Army Annual General Inspection covering the period of 4th Quarter 2019 to 3rd Quarter 2020 conducted to the 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division, 10 Troopers from the 53rd Infantry “MATAPAT” Battalion (53IB) received Military Merit Medals during the Flag Raising Ceremony at 53IB Headquarters, Camp Major Sabido, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur on March 15, 2021.

“Imbued with a deep sense of responsibility, loyalty, and devotion to duty coupled with professional competence and hard work, the officers, men, and women of the 1ID, PA worked with dedication in order to achieve a successful result of inspection aligned with the higher headquarters mandate. As a result, the command obtained its fraction as the number 1 among Philippine Army Major Units (PAMU) with a rating of 93.442%. By these laudable achievements, officers, men and women of the 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division, Philippine Army earned distinct credit and honor not only for the Philippine Army but also for the Armed Forces of the Philippines as well,” the award citation reads.

The awardees include the following: TSg Darius Sabuclalao, TSg Alexander Arong, SSg Ruperto Maata, SSg Eduardo Roxas, Sgt Haber Jumawandi, Cpl Ricky Tatoy, Cpl Jaime Gamalinda, Cpl Rey Anthony Balabis, PFC Rodel Ugat, and PFC Glenn Ramos.

“On behalf of the Delta Company, I would like to say thank you to Lt. Col. Herrera for recognizing us. We will surely do all that we can as long as we are still in service,” TSg Sabuclalao said.

“I’m very thankful for this recognition. This is actually my first time receiving this award and it is an important experience in my life because I know this is a rare opportunity for us,” TSg Arong said.

“It’s my first time speaking in front of many people. I’m very thankful for recognizing what we have done for 53IB as best as we could,” SSg Maata said.

“Congratulations for all the awardees for a job well done. Congratulations to all of us for our Battalion’s recognition as number 1 overall in the Philippine Army’s 1st Division Annual General Inspection. This is a recognition for our best efforts in striving to achieve excellence. Your support and dedication to my leadership will usher us to achieve more,” 53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Herrera said.

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