Promoted OfficersThe Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) conducted the Donning of Rank to newly promoted Matapat Officers during the Flag Raising Ceremony on May 3, 2021 at 53IB Headquarters, Camp Maj. David Sabido, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur.
53IB Alpha Company Commander 2Lt. Janryl Gumalad was promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant effective December 19, 2020 and 53IB Bravo Company Executive Officer 2Lt. Jay Mar Paderes was also promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant effective December 29, 2020.
“I am grateful for this moment. This rank is a constant reminder of a greater responsibility. I will do my very best to surpass all expectations on me of serving the people and securing the land,” 1Lt. Gumalad said.“I look forward to the new challenges and opportunities for growth that I will face with this position. I will be giving all my best not to let you down. To our Battalion Commander Lt. Col Jo-ar Herrera, I am looking forward to fulfilling my new position under your continuing leadership,” 1Lt. Paderes said.
“Congratulations to the newly promoted officers. I hope this promotion will bring all kinds of new challenges and opportunities for you,” 53IB Executive Officer Cpt. Bahnarin Camsa said.
“I congratulate both of you. Bear in mind that being promoted would entail additional tasks as well as bigger responsibilities. We should not complain whenever we are given orders. We should learn how to multi-task because as soldiers, we should be flexible at all times. Every time you are given a task by your Battalion Commander, your Commander has trust in you so do your job well and put your heart in everything that you do,” 53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera said.