Community Service

Serving the Heroes, Caring the Troops

The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) recognizes the efforts of Dr. Moibe Olitres, RGC and Prof. Marlon Magtira in their unceasing support and invaluable contributions to the 53IB.

Dr. Olitres is the proponent of Project Good Life for Friends Rescued (FRs), the unit’s deradicalization program. It is an inclusive wellbeing psychoeducation program initiated by 53IB in partnership with various organizations and national government agencies that aims to translate the result of initial strength-based research inquiry among former rebels of the 53IB to community extension service. The result of this research was published in her book “Beyond the Surface | Story of Resilience and Redemption” which was foreworded by Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista and epilogued by 53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Herrera.

The 53IB also recognizes Dr. Olitres’ role and contributions in Project Best Life, the unit’s Mental Health and WellbeingProgram for its troops. It is a research-based program initiated by 53IB to deal the gap of health and knowledge relative to the troops’ wellbeing. It is anchored in the Philippine Army Mental Health Program to improve the overall, physical, social, angd psychological well-being of the NCOs.

Meanwhile, Prof. Marlon Magtira is the 53iB’s Social and Digital Media Consultant. Prof. Magtira also developed 53IB’s website, which was launched last year during the unit’s 36th founding anniversary. He also helped the unit in conducting Digital and Social Media Trainings, which helped capacitate the troops and developed their social media skills, thereby strengthening the unit’s presence online.

Prof. Magtira also helped conceptualize Project Good Life, where he sits as vice president. Together with Dr. Olitres, he helped to prepare the FRs in their transition to the mainstream society. He is also the editor of Dr. Olitres’ book Beyond the Surface.

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