The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) is collaborating with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to beef up the maintenance of peace and security in the Province of Zamboanga del Sur.
53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera met with PCG Station Commander Euphraim Jayson Diciano on May 26, 2021, at 53IB Headquarters, Camp Maj. David Sabido, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur.
Among the topics that were discussed during the meeting include: 53IB’s area of operations, disposition and location of Matapat Troopers, communist NPA terrorist groups updates, 53IB’s Project Good Life for FRs and Better Life Adopt-a-CAFGU Project, community engagement and peacebuilding activities, sustainment of ELCAC projects, and social media and digital initiatives.
“I am willing to help any activity under the intent of the 53IB and we will surely give our hundred percent support.” PCG Station Commander Diciano said.
The Matapat Troopers’ efforts in converging with other Armed Forces units is part of the 53IB’s drive to pursue transformation to become a world class Army that is a source of national pride by 2028 in line with the Army Transformation Roadmap (ATR).