The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) witnessed the change of leadership and passing of torch of responsibility between Lt. Col. Jo-ar A Herrera, the outgoing Commanding Officer, and Lt. Col. Terence P Ylanan, the incoming Commanding Officer, through a Change of Command Ceremony held today, August 8, 2022, at 53IB Headquarters, Poblacion, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur.
The Change of Command Ceremony was presided by the Commander of Army’s 102nd Infantry “Igsoon” Brigade (102Bde), Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas.
In his message, Lt. Col. Herrera expressed his confidence to Lt. Col. Ylanan, saying he knows that Lt. Col. Ylanan can lead the battalion well.
“Knowing you personnaly since our cadetship days, I am confident that you will be able to lead the troops well. You have able officers to help you achieve your mission,” said Lt. Col. Herrera.
Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Ylanan assured the outgoing commanding officer that he will do his best to lead the officers, men, and women of the 53IB.
“I express my gratitude to Lt. Col. Herrera for the trust and welcome. Sir, I will do my best to live up to 53IB’s reputation and to sustain the unit’s efforts in the province of Zamboanga del Sur,” said Lt. Col. Ylanan.
Lt. Col. Ylnan recently completed the General Staff Course at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and General Staff College in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. He holds a diploma on Bachelor of Science Major in Army Studies from the PMA, where he graduated on March 24, 2002. He is also a graduate of various military schoolings, seminars, and trainings, including Military Intelligence Officer Advance Course, Infantry Officer Advance Course, Scout Ranger Orientation Course, Platoon Leader Course, Company Commander Course, Counter Terrorism Police Intervention, Seminar on Intel and Security Consciousness, Air to Ground Operations Training, National Security Situation Seminar and Workshop, and Operations Security Course.
The newly-installed Commanding Officer of 53IB was born in Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay Province. He finished his elementary and secondary education at the Titay Central Elementary School and Titay National High School, respectively. Prior to entering the Philippine Military Academy, Lt. Col. Ylanan took up Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology in Iligan City.