The Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Sur presented a Plaque of Special Recognition to the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) in connection with the 70th Araw ng Zamboanga del Sur with the theme: “Let’s Pump Up our H.E.A.R.T.S. as we gear towards the golden era of Zamboanga del Sur” in an awarding ceremony held at the Pavilion Gym, Provincial Government Complex, Barangay Dao, Pagadian City on September 17, 2022.
Provincial Governor Victor J. Yu, congratulated the 53IB troops for the exemplary performance of their duties, for their commendable and eminent service as a steadfast partner in securing the safety of the people of Zamboanga del Sur, and for making the whole province of Zamboanga del Sur peaceful and ready for further development.
The Plaque of Special Recognition was received by 53Ib Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Terence P. Ylanan from Gov. Yu, Vice Gov. Roseller L. Ariosa, 1st District Rep. Divina Grace C. Yu, and 2nd District Rep. Jeyzel Victoria C. Yu.
In 2021, the Province of Zamboanga del Sur was declared “insurgency-free and development-ready” after the Communist Terrorist Groups that committed atrocities in the province were dismantled.