Western Mindanao Command is currently under the leadership of LTGEN ARNEL B. DELA VEGA AFP. Directly under his operational command are the Joint Task Forces (JTFs) composed of units with land, air and naval operations capability for Internal Peace and Security (IPS). This puts premium to the jointness nature of WMC as it operates in a complex environment of ground operational space in the east and a littoral environment along the archipelagic space in the west towards the borders of Malaysia.
Also under its operational control are the Naval Forces Western Mindanao and the Tactical Operations Wing-Western Mindanao.
Composed of responsive forces deployed as backbones of security forces, the Western Mindanao Command JAO covers the provinces of the Zamboanga Peninsula Region, Lanao, Misamis Occidental, Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, and the Islands of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.
The military units deployed by WMC are working 24/7 to bring standard results to the people residing under its area of operations through various accomplishments from both combat and non-combat initiatives.
WMC works as defender of peace and progress, as facilitator in conveying humanitarian aid in partnership with the different stakeholders, and as a partner of the local government in keeping its areas safe and peaceful to dwell in. Anchored in “Winning the Peace”, WMC supports and facilitates the implementation of government programs and activities for peace and community development such as civic action, medical and dental missions, disaster relief and rescue operations, humanitarian assistance programs and responses, and engineering projects through the established partnership and collaboration with the local government units, local government agencies, non-government organizations, and peoples’ organizations.
Western Mindanao Command has always worked and continuously works to achieve greater heights of accomplishment and achievement without any claim for distinction, reward and recognition. In its desire to accomplish its mandate to protect the people, maintain peace and security, the Command demand from its officers and men a high standard of performance and discipline to deliver what is expected from them.
The Command adheres to its core values of loyalty, duty, honour, love of country, solidarity, and valour. We set these high standards of discipline and strive to embrace these values as the foundation of leadership and effectiveness. Working to achieve for progress, we are one with the people in preserving their rights and realizing their aspirations for a peaceful Mindanao.
Today, we continue to dedicate our unfailing loyalty and undying determination to serve our country and accomplish our assigned tasks. We continuously pledge to remain professional, capable, and responsive Filipino soldiers always hoping to achieve genuine peace and social progress in this continuing crusade.
For every march, for every battle, for every care we extend, and for every life lost in a noble cause, are our strong commitment towards service to the country, to the people, and to God’s created glory.