Troops' Welfare

Army’s Tabak Division Commander Visits Patrol Base at Dumingag’s Farthest ELCAC Barangay; Commends Troops for their Dedication, Passion to Duty

In celebration of the Philippine Army’s 127th Founding Anniversary, the Commander of the Army’s 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division, Maj. Gen. Gabriel Viray III,, visited Saad Patrol Base in the farthest barangay of Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur yesterday, March 12, 2024.

Barangay Saad was previously known to be a hotspot for communist terrorist activity but was cleared in 2020 through the Army’s Community Support Program (CSP), conducted by the Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB).

Maj. Gen. Viray commended the troops stationed at Saad Patrol Base for their hard work in securing the barangay and expressed his continued commitment to protecting the community from the influence of CTGs and their ideology.

Maj. Gen. Viray also honored the bravery and sacrifice of the troops of 53IB who were wounded in numerous encounter against CPP-NPA’s Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC). It can be noted that WMRPC’s Secretary, Aprecia Rosete alias Bambam, was recently neutralized in an armed encounter against government troops last month.

This Commander’s visit to Saad Patrol Base underscores the Army’s commitment to working with local communities to build a more peaceful and prosperous future for all Filipinos. This visit also serves as a testament to the Tabak Division’s dedication to securing the farthest corners of its area of responsibility, even as they celebrate the Army’s rich history and enduring service to the nation.

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