The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) donned the new ranks of its newly-promoted personnel during the Flag Raising Ceremony on May 16, 2022 at 53IB Headquarters, Camp Sabido, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur.
A total of 18 noncommissioned officers were promoted to the next higher rank.
Of the 18 Matapat Troopers promoted, 8 were promoted from Private First Class (PFC) to Corporal (Cpl); 2 were promoted from Cpl to Sergeant (Sgt); 2 were promoted from Sgt to Staff Sergeant (SSg); 4 were promoted from SSg to Technical Sergeant (TSg); and 2 were promoted from TSg to Master Sergeant (MSg).
During the ceremony, 4 Matapat Troopers were also awarded the Military Merit Medal and 5 were awarded the Military Commendation Medal for their meritorious and invaluable achievement rendered in support of the mission accomplishment of Western Mindanao Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines and for demonstrating exemplary performance efficiency, devotion to duty and invaluable service.
53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera presided the donning of ranks and pinning of medals.
In his message, Lt. Col. Herrera encouraged the newly-promoted Matapat Troopers and the awardees to continue their pursuit of excellence, sustain hardwork and dedication to duty.
“This is a solid proof that your hardwork, dedication to duty, and selfless service is not forgotten by the Philippine Army. Your Matapat Family is one with you in celebrating your well-deserved promotion and recognition,” said Lt. Col. Herrera.
“Continue your pursuit of excellence, undergo various schoolings, and your Battalion will support you,” the 53IB Commander added.