The 33rd Infantry ‘Makabayan’ Battalion of the Philippine Army has undergone jungle operations training in Daguma Mountain Range in Sultan Kudarat.
“Layunin namin ang pagtaas sa antas ng kahusayan ng mga sundalo sa pakikidigma sa jungle environment,” 33IB Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc said. Lieutenant Colonel Cabunoc is a former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Office chief.
He added that the training also provides military presence against NPA bandits. “Magkakaroon din ng presensya ang Army sa magugubat na lugar upang hadlangan ang maiitim na balak ng mga bandidong NPA,” Cabunoc said.
The Makabayan Battalion is based in President Quirino, Sultan Kudarat. It is responsible for security in towns of Quirino, Isulan, Lambayong, Tacurong City in Sultan Kudarat province and the towns of Buluan, Datu Paglas, Mangudadatu, Paglat and SK Pendatun in Maguindanao.
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