The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion received Sea crafts that underwent periodic maintenance funded by ZDS provincial and municipal government held at Tabak, Beach Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur on 19 November 2022.
One of the highlights in the said activity was the Seaborne Operations Simulation Exercises performed by the soldiers and CAFGU Active Auxiliaries who completed a 1-week seaborne operations refresher training.
“The timely maintenance of the sea crafts will ensure that security personnel are equipped to secure our coastlines. Having these vital assets makes our dream of being worthy of the people’s trust and confidence a reality. Our heartfelt gratitude to our Governor and Local Government Officials for always giving their full support to your Matapat troopers.” said Lt. Col Ylanan
Col Pilapil, the Acting Brigade Commander of 102Bde which covers the whole Zamboanga peninsula and Misamis Occidental lauded the effort of the LGU to capacitate the Army units for seaborne operations. Meanwhile, Gov Victor Yu committed to continue to provide needed resources in order for security forces to sustain the Peace in the province. “I encourage the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army to work together to prevent the use of our vast coastlines as entry points of illegal drugs, smuggling, and terrorism” said Gov Yu.
The event was graced also by Hon. Divina Grace Yu 1st District Representative, Hon. Jeyzel Victoria Yu 2nd District Representative, Hon Eduardo Relacion Mayor of Labangan, Hon Domingo Mirrar Mayor of Lakewood, Hon Anthony Dayondon Mayor Tabina, Board member John Regala, PCol Diomarie Albarico Provincial Director, ZSPPO, and Representative from the Philippine Coast Guard.