THE provincial government of Zamboanga del Sur has provided seven seacrafts providing a boost in the seaborne capability of the Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (IB).

The seacrafts that underwent periodic maintenance funded by the Zamboanga del Sur provincial government were turned over to the 53IB on Saturday, November 19, 2022, to the 53IB in a ceremony at the Tabak Beach in Tukuran town.

“The timely maintenance of the seacrafts 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,” Lieutenant Colonel Terence Ylanan, 53IB commander, said.

“Our heartfelt gratitude to our governor and local government officials for always giving their full support to your Matapat troopers.” said Lieutenant Terence Col Ylanan.

The Seaborne Operations Simulation Exercise performed by soldiers and Special CAFGU Active Auxiliaries (SCAA) highlighted the turnover of seven motorboats.

The SCAA had just completed one-week seaborne operations refresher training.

Colonel Eddie Pilapil, the acting commander of the 102nd Infantry Brigade, lauded the effort of the local government unit to capacitate the Army units for seaborne operations.

Zamboanga del Sur Governor 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,” Yu said.

The turnover of the seacrafts was witnessed by Philippine Coastguard, police, military, and government officials. (SunStar Zamboanga)