Soldiers and Police Enhance Interoperability to Counter Insurgency in Zamboanga del Sur

With the thrust of enhancing interoperability to counter-surgency efforts, selected soldiers and police personnel participated in the 4th batch of Joint AFP/PNP Squad Sustainment (ISO) Training Class 04-2018 at Headquarters, 53rd Infantry (Matapat) Battalion, Camp Major David P, Sabido, Guipos, ZDS last July 12.

“JAPSST Class 04-2018 is composed of 85 students including 35 Enlisted Personnel from the Army, 40 personnel from the PNP, and 10 from the Civilian Active Auxiliary (CAA). The training aims to (1) enhance skills competency of individual soldier/police and develop cohesiveness and teamwork as part of one combat organization; (2) share best practices with each other; (3) enhance interoperability to be able to operate as one fighting unit and also; (4) to enhance camaraderie and friendship.”
Lieutenant Colonel Marlowe E. Patria, Commanding Officer of the 53IB

JAPSST Class 04-2018 is composed of 85 students including 35 Enlisted Personnel from the Army, 40 personnel from the PNP, and 10 from the Civilian Active Auxiliary (CAA). The training aims to enhance skills competency of individual soldier/police and develop cohesiveness and teamwork as part of one combat organization, share best practices, enhance interoperability to be able to operate as one fighting unit, enhance camaraderie and friendship.

The training was graced by the newly-installed Commander of 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade, Colonel Bagnus P. Gaerlan Jr INF (GSC) PA; the new Provincial Director of ZDS and ZDN Police Provincial Offices Police Senior Superintendent Redentor L. Retusto and Police Senior Superintendent Michael B. Macapagal respectively; and other stakeholders and media practitioners of the province.

In his speech, Colonel Gaerlan said that the joint operations of the three batches of from the Army and Police graduated earlier this year that resulted to the troops’ discovery of Communist Terrorists’ abandoned camps and armed encounter with the NPA in Brgy Saad, Dumingag, ZDS where the operating troops recovered one (1) AK47 rifle.

The training was divided into two phases – the first phase focused on combined lectures, practical exercises and team building activities while the second phase was a test mission where participants were able to apply all that they have learned during the first phase in the battlefield.

Major General Roseller G. Murillo AFP, 1st Infantry Division Commander and concurrent Commander of the Joint Task Force “ZamPeLan” said that the conduct of the training helped the troops beef-up their individual combat skills, competency, and served as unit training for teamwork, coordinated action, and cohesion.

“These sustainment trainings are just among the regular activities our units do while in the field to keep their morale and proficiency levels high and for us to do better in accomplishing our multi-mission areas such as in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism campaigns; law enforcement support functions and such others like humanitarian assistance and disaster response; environmental preservation and civic works”, MGen Murillo added.

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