41st INFANTRY (PARTNER FOR PEACE) BATTALION

41ST INFANTRY BATTALION

 

Unit Mission

                        41IB, 5ID, PA conducts focused military operations to destroy ASG, support LEO of the PNP, perform DRRO and assist Government Agencies in their socio-economic and developmental activities in Sulu effective 01 January 2017 in order to establish a physically and psychologically secured environment conducive to sustainable development.

 

SYMBOLISM

THE PRINCIPAL COLORS DEFINE THE NATURE AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CORE VALUES AND SACRED BELIEFS OF THE UNIT:

 WHITE – DENOTES THE PURITY AND NOBILITY OF BOTH OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN IN THEIR THOUGHTS, WORDS AND DEEDS.

 BLUE DENOTES PEACE AND SERENITY THAT REIGN IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF EVERY PERSONNEL, AS MANIFESTED THROUGH THEIR MORAL UPRIGHTNESS AND UNSTAINED INTEGRITY.

THE NUMERICAL FIGURES REPRESENT THE ACTUAL DESIGNATION OF THE BATTALION. ITS GOLDEN COLOR SYMBOLIZES THE BIRTH OF A FORMIDABLE FIGHTING UNIT CONCEIVED DURING THOSE CRITICAL MOMENTS OF OUR NATION’S HISTORY IN BATTLING THE COMMUNIST TERRORIST MOVEMENT AT THE NORTHERN HINTERLANDS OF OUR COUNTRY.

THE ASCENDING ARRANGEMENT OF THE NUMBERS IS INDICATIVE OF ITS CONSISTENT PURSUIT TO THE IDEALS OF THE UNIT AND ITS NOBLE COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION TO PRESERVE THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE STATE.

THE CROSS RIFLES IMPOSED OVER A KRIS POINTING UPWARD DEPICT THE INFANTRY DOCTRINE’S SUPERIORITY OVER THAT OF GUERILLA TACTICS.

THE SOLID BORDERS EMBOSSED IN WHITE AND BLUE EMPHASIZES THE UNIT’S FLEXIBILITY AS A FIGHTING FORCE IN TIMES OF WAR OR AS AN INSTRUMENT OF DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESS DURING TIMES OF PEACE.

THE SCRIPTURE “PARTNER FOR PEACE” ABOVE THE SEAL EXPRESSES OUR UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO THE PEOPLE WHOM WE HAVE SWORN TO UPHOLD AND PROTECT.

Vision, Motto, Unit Moniker

Partner for Peace

 

Activation Date

41ST INFANTRY BATTALION WAS ACTIVATED 16 FEBRUARY 1975 BY VIRTUE OF GENERAL ORDERS # 343, HEADQUARTERS, PHILIPPINE ARMY DATED 17 FEBRUARY 1975. IT WAS FIRST COMMANDED BY THEN LTC ARTURO T ENRILE (WHO LATER BECAME AFP CHIEF OF STAFF) WHILE UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE ARMY’S 1ST INFANTRY (TABAK) DIVISION BASED AT FORT RAMON MAGSAYSAY, NUEVA, ECIJA.

ON 11 OCTOBER 1983, PURSUANT TO GENERAL ORDERS # 590, HEADQUARTERS PHILIPPINE ARMY DATED 05 OCTOBER 1983. ANOTHER GROUP OF SELECT FILIPINO PATRIOTS WAS ORGANIZED AND REFILLED THE 41ST INFANTRY BATTALION THIS TIME UNDER THE 5TH INFANTRY (STAR) DIVISION, THEN BASED AT CAMP GEN SERVILLANO AQUINO, TARLAC. IT WAS COMMANDED BY MAJ CATALINO I AGDEPPA (INF) PA.

 

HISTORY

41ST INFANTRY BATTALION WAS ACTIVATED ON 16 FEBRUARY 1975 BY VIRTUE OF GENERAL ORDERS # 343, HEADQUARTERS, PHILIPPINE ARMY DATED 17 FEBRUARY 1975. IT WAS FIRST COMMANDED BY THEN LTC ARTURO T ENRILE (WHO LATER BECAME AFP CHIEF OF STAFF) WHILE UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE ARMY’S 1ST INFANTRY (TABAK) DIVISION BASED AT FORT RAMON MAGSAYSAY, NUEVA, ECIJA. THE BATTALION WAS CREATED IN RESPONSE TO THE ARMY’S URGENT NEED FOR A CREDIBLE FIGHTING UNIT TO STEM THE TIDES OF MUSLIM SECCESIONISM IN THE SOUTH. 

UPON ITS CREATION THE UNIT WAS IMMEDIATELY SENT TO MINDANAO AND WAS PLACED UNDER THE 4TH INFANTRY (DIAMOND) DIVISION. FROM THERE, 41IB RECEIVED ITS FIRST BAPTISM OF FIRE AS A COMBAT MANEUVER BATTALION WHILE FIGHTING THE MNLF REBELS IN THE JUNGLES AND MOUNTAINS OF MINDANAO AND FURTHER DISTINGUISHED ITSELF IN MAJOR CAMPAIGNS AGAINST THE SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES SECESSIONIST MOVEMENT IN THE PROVINCES OF ZAMBOANGA AND BASILAN UNTIL 1981. ON THAT SAME YEAR, THE BATTALION WAS UNFILLED AND WAS REORGANIZED TO FORM THE FIRST SCOUT RANGER BATTALION UNDER THEN COLONEL JULIUS JAVIER. AS A RANGER UNIT, THE BATTALION RETAINED ITS FIGHTING PROWESS AND CONSISTENTLY EARNED THE ADMIRATION OF BOTH FRIENDS AND FOES ALIKE.

ON 11 OCTOBER 1983, PURSUANT TO GENERAL ORDERS # 590, HEADQUARTERS PHILIPPINE ARMY DATED 05 OCTOBER 1983, ANOTHER GROUP OF SELECT FILIPINO PATRIOTS WAS ORGANIZED AND REFILLED THE 41ST INFANTRY BATTALION THIS TIME UNDER THE 5TH INFANTRY (STAR) DIVISION, THEN BASED AT CAMP GEN SERVILLANO AQUINO, TARLAC. IT WAS COMMANDED BY MAJ CATALINO I AGDEPPA (INF) PA. INITIALLY, IT WAS TASKED TO CONDUCT COUNTER-INSURGENCY CAMPAIGNS AGAINST THE NEW PEOPLE’S ARMY IN THE PROVINCES OF CAMARINES SUR. ITS DEPLOYMENT IN THE BICOL AREAS RESULTED TO THE SURRENDER OF 100 CTM MEMBERS/SUPPORTERS. AFTER ITS STINT THERE IN 1983, 41IB WAS AGAIN REDEPLOYED IN THE INSURGENCY-INFESTED AREAS OF KALINGA-APAYAO, ISABELA AND CAGAYAN UNTIL 2003 WHEN IT WAS TRANSFERRED HERE IN ABRA. NOTABLE AMONG THE MANY GLORIOUS ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE BRAVE WARRIORS OF THE BATTALION WAS ITS DIRECT PARTICIPATION IN THE LIBERATION OF MARAG VALLEY FROM CT INFLUENCE DURING THE 90’S AND THE SOCIAL INTEGRATION OF THE CORDILLERA PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY HEADED BY THE LATE FR. CONRADO BALWEG IN 1986 AND THE CAPTURE OF THE ABRA PROVINCIAL PARTY COMMITTEE MAIN CAMP AT PACOC-TALAMPAC, LACUB, ABRA IN 2007.

IN RECOGNITION OF ITS NOTEWORTHY ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE FIELD OF ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATIONS, THE BATTALION WAS  ADJUDGED SUCCESSIVELY AS THE “BEST MANUEVER BATTALION” FROM AMONG THE SEVENTY-ONE (71) TACTICAL BATTALIONS OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY FROM 1984 TO 1985, 2ND BEST BATTALION OF THE 5TH INFANTRY DIVISION FOR CY 1995, ONE OF THE OUTSTANDING ARMY BATTALIONS AND RECIPIENT OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL, PHILIPPINE ARMY STREAMER WITH PLAQUE OF MERIT IN 1998, TWICE AWARDED AS THE “BEST MANEUVER BATTALION” AND “BEST IN ADMINISTRATION” OUT OF THE NINE (9) TACTICAL BATTALIONS OF THE 5TH INFANTRY DIVISION IN 1998 AND 2000, AND 2ND BEST  INFANTRY BATTALION OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY VYING FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL STREAMER AWARD FROM 1998 TO 1999. ALSO IN 2005, IT WAS RATED HIGHEST IN ALL FIELDS AFTER THE ANNUAL GENERAL INSPECTION CONDUCTED BY THE 5TH INFANTRY DIVISION, PHILIPPINE ARMY.

TO FURTHER ENHANCE ITS CORE COMPETENCIES, THE UNIT WAS TEMPORARILY PULLED OUT FROM ABRA AND UNDERWENT RETRAINING PROGRAM AT THE 5TH DIVISION TRAINING SCHOOL FROM 27 MARCH UP TO 17 JUNE 2008. DURING THE COURSE OF THE RETRAINING, LTC IGNACIO B MADRIAGA TOOK OVER COMMAND FROM LTC RAUL BAUTISTA ON 16 APRIL 2008. THE UNIT COMPLETED THE RETRAINING WITH A VERY COMMENDABLE PERFORMANCE PER REPORT OF THE EVALUATION TEAM SENT BY HEADQUARTERS, PHILIPPINE ARMY.

UPON ITS RETURN TO ABRA IN JUNE 2008, THE UNIT EMBARKED ON A MASSIVE ISO CAMPAIGN, PARTICULARLY IN THE MUNICIPALITIES OF BAAY-LICUAN, LACUB, TINEG, MALIBCONG, AND SALLAPADAN.  THE PROPER COMBINATION OF THE RIGHT-HAND AND THE LEFT-HAND APPROACH IN ADDRESSING THE ISO EARNED THE BATTALION ADMIRATIONS FROM AMONG LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS, AGENCIES, NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS, RELIGIOUS AND YOUTH SECTORS.  THIS REMARKABLE FEAT CONVINCED THIRTEEN (13) HIGH-RANKING COMMUNIST TERRORISTS TO SURRENDER AND JOINED THE MAINSTREAM OF SOCIETY DURING THE 1ST AND 2ND QTR OF CY 2009.

TO MAINTAIN THE DYNAMISM OF THE BATTALION AS AN ORGANIZATION, ON 01 JULY 2010, LTC IGNACIO B MADRIAGA INF (GSC) PA RELINGUISHED COMMAND OF THE 41IB TO LTC NOEL T BALUYAN INF (GSC) PA AS THE 29TH COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE UNIT UNTIL 01 JULY 2012. NEXT TO HIM IS LTC DANILO R DOMINGO INF (GSC) PA AS THE 30TH COMMANDING OFFICER FROM 01 JULY 2012 TO 01 JULY 2014. DURING THE WATCH OF LTC BALUYAN, THE 41IB WAS ABLE TO RECOVER 22 FAs (15 HPFAs & 7LPFAs) AND 29 NPAR NEUTRALIZED (19 SURRENDERED, 9 BODY COUNTS & 1 CAPTURED). NOTEWORTHY, THE CAPTURED AND NEUTRALIZATION OF THE CAMP OF ILOCOS CORDILLERA REGIONAL PARTY COMMITTEE (ICRC) IN NOVEMBER 2010 AT BUNEG, LACUB, ABRA.

IN RECOGNITION TO THE NOTEWORTHY ACCOMPLISHMENT, AGAIN, THE 41IB TROOPERS TAKE PRIDE IN BEING ADJUDGED SUCCESSIVELY AS THE 5ID BEST MANUEUVER BATTALION FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2011 TO 2012 AND ALSO FROM MAY 2013 TO MAY 2014 BASED ON THE RESULT OF ANNUAL PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION BY THE HEADQUARTERS PHILIPPINE ARMY AND 5TH INFANTRY (STAR) DIVISION; AND, BEST BATTALION IN INTELLIGENCE OF 5ID IN 2013.

ON 01 JULY 2014, LTC VIRGILIO M NOORA INF (GSC) PA TOOK OVER COMMAND FROM LTC DOMINGO AND FOR LESS THAN TWO (2) MONTHS, HIS COMMAND WAS ABLE TO NEUTRALIZED AND CAPTURED THE NPAR ENCAMPMENT AT BRGY GUINGUINABANG, LACUB, ABRA ON 06 SEPTEMBER 2014 THAT RESULTED TO THE RECOVERY OF FIFTEEN (15) FAs (13 HPFAs & 2 LPFAs), EIGHT (8) BODY COUNTS AND ONE (1) CAPTURED. THE REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT NEUTRALIZED THE APCOM SECRETARY, ARNOLD JARAMILLO @ MANDO, AND OTHER HIGH-RANKING NPARs.

AS PART OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY RATIONALIZATION PROGRAM, THE 41IB WAS ORDERED TO BE REASSIGNED FROM NORTHERN LUZON COMMAND TO WESTERN MINDANAO COMMAND AREA OF OPERATION AND EVENTUALLY REPLACED 35IB AT CAMP ALLERE, BRGY INASAGAN, SALVADOR, LANAO DEL NORTE ON 10 OCTOBER 2014 TO 09 MARCH 2016, UNDER OPCON TO 2ND MECHANIZED INFANTRY (MAGBALANTAY) BRIGADE UNDER 1ST INFANTRY (TABAK) DIVISION, PHILIPPINE ARMY AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY COVERING THE NINE (9) MUINICIPALITIES OF LANAO DEL NORTE NAMELY: MAGSAYSAY, TUBOD, BAROY, LALA, KAPATAGAN, SND, SAPAD, NUNUNGAN AND SALVADOR. DURING THE PERIOD, THE 41IB IS VERY ACTIVE IN ITS SUPPORT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS OF THE PNP THAT RESULTED TO THE NEUTRALIZATION OF MR. SARO ANGNI, THE NUMBER 1 MOST WANTED PERSON IN LANAO DEL NORTE.

ON 10 MARCH 2016, THE 41IB REASSIGNED IN THE PROVINCE OF LANAO DEL SUR COVERING THE THREE (3) MUNICIPALITIES OF BUTIG, LUMBAYANAGUE AND MASIU. THE UNIT WAS UNDER OPCON TO 103IBDE, 1ID, PA PURPOSELY FOR ELECTION DEPLOYMENT.

ON 29 MARCH 2016, LTC WILLIAM GEORGE S CORDOVA INF (GSC) PA TOOK OVER COMMAND FROM LTC NOORA AT BRGY NANAGUN, LUMBAYANAGUE, LANAO DEL SUR. THEREAFTER, THE BATTALION CONDUCTED SERIES OF MISSION PLANNING IN CONNECTION TO THE SECURITY PREPARATION TO THE MAY 9, 2016 NATIONAL AND LOCAL ELECTION CONSIDERING THAT THE THREE (3) MUNICIPALITIES UNDER OUR AO WAS PRONOUNCE BY COMELEC AS HOT SPOT.

AS A RESULT, THIS UNIT PERFECTLY EXECUTED ITS SECURITY PLAN THAT RESULTED TO A PEACEFUL, HONEST, CREDIBLE AND SUCCESSFUL ELECTION 2016 WITH NO ELECTION RELATED VIOLENT INCIDENTS OCCURS AND ZERO COLLATERAL DAMAGES RECORDED ALL THROUGHOUT THE ELECTION PERIOD.

THE UNIT ALSO PARTICIPATED THE IMPLEMENTATION OF “HARRIBON I & II” OF H103IBDE, 1ID, PA TO DESTROY THE LOCAL TERRORIST NAMED MAUTE GROUP OPERATING IN BARANGAYS OF POCTAN, PALESTINE ALL OF BUTIG, LANAO DEL SUR.

 FOLLOWING ARE THE RECOVERED ITEMS DURING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF OPORD 04-16; ISIS FLAG, UNIFORM OF MILF (TIGER SUIT), PICTURES, CELLULAR PHONE, CAMERA, LTG SUBVERSIVE DOCUMENTS AND IMPROVISE EXPLOSIVE DEVICE (IED).

ON 07 JUNE 2016, THE 41IB WAS REASSIGNED IN THE PROVINCE OF SULU COVERING THE FIVE (5) MUNICIPALITIES NAMELY PANGLIMA ESTINO, PANAMAO, KALINGALAN CALUANG, LUUK AND OMAR WHERE IN THE 41IB HEADQUARTERS IS LOCATED IN BGRY TIPTIPON, PANGLIMA ESTINO, SULU. DUE TO THE FREQUENT VIOLENT AND NON-VIOLENT ACTIVITIES OF ABU SAYYAF GROUP (ASG) IN THE PROVINCE OF SULU PARTICULARLY IN PATIKUL, TALIPAO, MAIMBUNG AND INDANAN AREA ON 02 SEPTEMBER 2016, 41IB HEADQUARTERS WAS RELOCATED IN SITIO PALAN, BRGY MAMPALLAM, TALIPAO, SULU AND PLACED OPCON TO 101st INFANTRY BRIGADE, 1st INFANTRY DIVISION, PHILIPPINE ARMY COVERING THE MUNICIPALITIES OF TALIPAO AND INDANAN ALL OF SULU PROVINCE.

ON 18 AUGUST 2017, 41IB HEADQURTERS WAS RELOCATED IN SITIO BATO HABAH, BRGY MATATAL, MAIMBUNG, SULU AND REPLACED THE 63IB. THE FOCUSED MILITARY OPERATION CONDUCTED BY 41ST INFANTRY (PARTNER FOR PEACE) BATTALION IMPLEMENTING OPLAN “JUDGES” AS OPORD 15-17 TO 101IBDE OPORD 11-17 EFFECTIVE 062200 – 071800 SEPTEMBER 2017 AGAINST PARANG/INDANAN/MAIMBUNG/TALIPAO-BASED ABU SAYYAF GROUP (ASG) UNDER SUB-LEADER JIHAD SUSUKAN @ IDANG.

41ST INFANTRY BATTALION AS TASKED BY 101BDE, 1ID, PA, ATTACKS TO DESTROY THE ASG LED BY SUB-LEADER IDANG SUSUKAN AT (51NTG 83767 59371) SITIO SAYKUKUWAK, BRGY UPPER BINUANG, TALIPAO, SULU IN ORDER TO PREVENT THEM FROM FURTHER CONDUCTING ATROCITIES AND TO RESCUE THE KV’S FROM THEIR CUSTODY. THE SUCCESSFUL CONDUCT OF FOCUSED MILITARY OPERATION (FMO) AGAINST THE ASG BY 41IB UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF LTC WILLIAM GEORGE S CORDOVA (INF) PA, BATTALION COMMANDER OF THIS UNIT, THROUGH FIERCE FIREFIGHT, LEADS TO THE TOTAL RECOVERY OF TWO (2) HPFAS AND FIVE (5) ASG BODY COUNTS. THROUGH SKILLFUL APPLICATION ON COMBAT SOP’S AND EXCELLENT PLANNING OF OFFICERS INVOLVED IN THE COMBAT OPERATION, THERE HAS MINIMAL CASUALTY (SLIGHTLY WOUNDED) ON THE OPERATING TROOPS.

ON 27 MAY 2018, LTC MARTIN S DAIZ JR INF (GSC) PA TOOK OVER COMMAND FROM LTC CORDOVA AT HEADQUARTERS 41IB, SITIO BATO HABAH, BRGY MATATAL, MAIMBUNG, SULU.

THE BATTALION’S FIGHTING MEN SHALL REMAIN DEDICATED TO THEIR SWORN DUTY AND SHALL ADHERE TO THE FINEST TRADITIONS OF FILIPINO SOLDIERY. 41ST INFANTRY BATTALION WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE THE PEOPLE WITH VIGOR, AND REMAIN RESOLUTE IN ITS AVOWED OBLIGATION WHILE ADHERING TO ITS MOTTO THAT HAS SHOWN THE TRUE NATURE AND CHARACTER OF 41IB TROOPERS – THAT OF BEING “PARTNERS FOR PEACE”. ABOVE ALL, IT SHALL CONTINUE TO BECOME STEADFAST AND STANDS FIRM AS THE VANGUARD OF DEMOCRACY AND SENTINEL OF FREEDOM. ONLY OUR BEST IS GOOD ENOUGH.

Lineage of Commander

 

NAME FROM

TO

1.   LTC ARTURO T ENRILE PA 16 FEB75 16 MAR 75
2.   LTC DOMINGO C VILLANUEVA PA 16 MAR 75 19 79
3.   LTC HILARIO L BAYABOS  PA 1979 1981
4.   MAJ JULIUS L JAVIER  PA MAR 1981 UNFILLED
5.   LTC CATALINO I AGDEPPA PA 10 OCT 83 09 MAY 87
6.   LTC FERDINAND B GUILLERMO PA 09 MAY 87 15 MAR 90
7.   LTC VIRGILIO D DOTE PA 15 MAR 90  20 AUG 90
8.   MAJ EMMANUEL M RINGPIS (INF) PA 20 AUG 90  20 JUL 91
9.   LTC BENJAMIN B ASUNCION (INF) PA  20  JUL 91 03 MAR 92
10. MAJ BRIGNOLI H BARINOS (INF) PA 03 MAR 92  22 SEP 93
11. MAJ JOSE B VISCARA (INF) PA (OIC)   22 SEP 93  01 OCT 93
12. LTC FEDERICO T CENTENO (INF) PA     01 OCT 93  16 NOV 94
13. MAJ ARMANDO M SAN MIGUEL (INF) PA 16 NOV 94  16 APR 96
14. MAJ RICARDO V LIMIAC (INF) PA 16 APR 96  28 JAN 97
15. LTC FRANKIE C UNCIANO (INF) PA 28 JAN 97  16 MAY 98
16. LTC VICTOR A FELIX (INF) PA 16 MAY 98  07JAN 00
17. MAJ JOSELITO M BERNARDO (INF) PA (OIC) 07 JAN 00 01 FEB 00
18. LTC RODRIGO T DIAPANA (INF) PA 01 FEB 00  18 MAR 01
19. LTC JUANITO W DALMAS INF (GSC) PA (OIC) 18 MAR 01  16 APR 01
20. COL DANTE S DINSAY MNSA (GSC) PA  16 APR 01   10 MAY 02
21. COL AGUEDO  P VILCHES INF (GSC) PA 10 MAY 02  18 MAR 03
22. LTC PAUL POMPEYO M  DARIO JR (INF) PA 18 MAR 03  09 JUN 03
LTC LEOPOLDO F OGANIZA (INF) PA 09 JUN 03  11 FEB 04
LTC NOEL P MISLANG INF(GSC) PA 11 FEB 04  21 JAN 05
MAJ FRANCISCO F MILLARE (INF) PA (OIC) 22 JAN 05 20 FEB 05
LTC ANGELITO M DE LEON FA (GSC) PA 21 FEB 05 16 JULY 06
LTC RAUL V BAUTISTA INF (GSC) PA 17 JULY 06 16 APR 08
LTC IGNACIO B MADRIAGA INF (GSC) PA 16 APR 08 01 JUL 10
LTC NOEL T BALUYAN INF (GSC) PA 01 JUL 10 01 JUL 12
LTC DANILO R DOMINGO INF (GSC) PA 01 JUL 12 01 JUL 14
LTC VIRGILIO M NOORA INF (GSC) PA 01 JUL 14 29 MAR 16
LTC WILLIAM GEORGE S CORDOVA INF (GSC) PA 29 MAR 16  27 MAY 18
LTC MARTIN S DAIZ JR INF (GSC) PA 27 MAY 18 TO DATE

                                 

                                     Date Last Update                         02 July 2018