Camp Melchor F Dela Cruz
On 15 May 1981. The 5ID (Separate) as a nucleus was elevated the 5ID pursuant to General Order 365. GHQ, AFP dtd 11 May 81. The camp was named after the valiant commander Col Melchor F Dela Cruz who once served Northern Luzon forces during the 1970s.
UNIT SEAL AND ITS SYMBOLISM
The Division ensign is derived from the original emblem of the Infantry Division (Reserve) PA.
The equilateral triangle with a black border denotes stability under pressure and resilience of the unit in overcoming challenges. The three equal sides depict equality among men. The red color connotes bravery and courage of the men who sacrificed their lives under its emblem.
The five-pointed star with a black border depicts the objectives of the division. As the phrase “aim for the star” goes, the division always aims to be the best in all its endeavors. The star is the command’s beacon for excellence. The white color denotes purity and sincerity in words & in deeds.
The number 5 that rests slightly at the inner downward vertex of the star represents the numerical designation of the command when it was activated as an infantry division on 15 may 1981. The black color signifies solemnity, and in conformity with the black borders of the star and the triangle.
Vission, Motto and Unit Moniker
The Division’s motto, “Only Our Best Is Good Enough” signifies humility in doing its best to fulfill the mandated mission. It also expresses the division’s commitment to doing all its best as it is enough for it always aims and pursues a better service in ever-changing situations of the time.
“Star” or the Northern Star signifies the division as the guiding star of the north as its AOR. A star ready to shine its brightest in all the dark times of Northern Luzon. As the meaning of the star in its unit logo, the Division always aims to be the best in all its endeavors. The star is the command’s beacon for excellence. The white color denotes purity and sincerity in words & in deeds.
Pending the issuance of NOLCOM IMPLAN to GHQ Frag-O 02, the 5ID current mission is based on NOLCOM “3K” that is, “To conduct development support operations from 2017 to 2022 to defeat peace spoilers and other threat groups in order to ensure security, contribute to development and sustain peace in the Joint Area of Operations.” With this, the Command intends to:
- Provide a secure environment to facilitate the economic and human development of the Filipino people in 5ID AOR;
- Defeat peace spoilers and other threat groups;
- Support and uphold the primacy of the peace process with peace-inclined armed groups;
- Support law enforcement agencies to address criminality; and
- Support development of ConAAs and GIDAs in all areas.
The 5th infantry (STAR) division traces its roots as an organized unit – the First Military Area Command that served the whole of Northern Luzon from 1948 to 1970. Pursuant to GO NR 164, HNDF dated on 5 May 1948, it was activated as First Military Area Command on 6 May 1948 and absorbed the 1st and 2nd Military Districts and the 2nd Military Supply Point.
In addition, the Military Area/Infantry Division was further redesignated the 1st Military Area/1st BDE, PA to conform with its missions for the fiscal year 1963-1964 due to the implementation of the HQS PA Letter Directive that was dated on 6 August 1963.
On 16 October 1972, it was reorganized into a 5th Brigade Separate of the armed forces of the Philippines, which was then located at Camp Aquino in Tarlac.
On the 15th of May 1981, it was elevated and reorganized and was named the 5th Infantry (Star) Division of the Philippine Army.
On November 7, 1994, the home of the 5th Infantry Division was transferred to Camp Upi in Gamu, Isabela and is now called Camp Melchor F Dela Cruz. The Headquarters directs and employs three infantry brigades with its operationally controlled infantry battalions strategically positioned in the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Kalinga, Apayao, Cagayan, Isabela, Ifugao, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya.
In an effort to contribute greatly in the prevailing peace and order situation in the country, the Division sent combat units to Mindanao, particularly in Basilan and Jolo-Sulu area to bring an end to the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group. After the 77th Infantry Battalion made a remarkable stint in the area from 1999-2001, it was replaced with the full complement of the 53rd Division Reconnaissance Company last November 2006 to June 2007 and has significantly contributed in the hunt to destroy the notorious terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group.
Organization and Station
Headquarters 5th Infantry (STAR) Division, with MGEN PERFECTO M RIMANDO JR AFP as Commander, is located at Camp Melchor F Dela Cruz, Upi, Gamu, Isabela. The maneuver forces and support units are forward-deployed in the following manner:
- 501st Inf Bde under COL PETER ANGELO L RAMOS INF (GSC) PA is currently deployed in Mindanao and is located at Camp Bud Datu, Brgy Tagbak, Indanan, Sulu. It is placed OPCON to Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS) effective 28 September 2014.
- 502nd Inf Bde under BGEN BARTOLOME VICENTE O BACARRO AFP is located at CMFDC Annex, Soyung, Echague, Isabela. Its AO covers lower Apayao, part of Cagayan, the whole provinces of Isabela and Quirino and part of Nueva Vizcaya. It operationally controls the 17IB, 86IB and 52DRC.
- 503rd Inf Bde under BGEN LEOPOLDO A IMBANG JR AFP (MNSA) is located at Brgy Callanan, Tabuk City, Kalinga. Its AO covers the upland municipalities of Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province (except municipalities of Besao and Tadian), Benguet, Ifugao and the province of Nueva Vizcaya (except municipalities of Alfonso Casteñeda, Aritao, Dupax del Sur, Dupax del Norte, Kasibu, Kayapa, and Sta. Fe). It operationally controls the 50IB, 54IB and 53DRC.
- 17IB under LTC CAMILO A SADDAM INF (GSC) PA is located at Brgy Masin, Alcala, Cagayan. Its AO covers part of Cagayan province and the five lowland municipalities (Flora, Pudtol, Luna, Sta Marcela and, Calanasan) of Apayao.
- 21IB under LTC JESUS C PAGALA INF (GSC) PA is currently deployed in Mindanao located at Brgy Danag, Patikul, Sulu and placed OPCON to Joint Task Force Sulu and 501st Infantry Brigade effective 16 August 2016.
- 41IB under LTC WILLIAM GEORGE S CORDOVA INF (GSC) PA is currently deployed in Mindanao and is located at So Palan, Brgy Mampallam, Talipao, Sulu. It is placed OPCON to Joint Task Force Sulu, and further placed OPCON to 101st Infantry Brigade effective 08 June 2016.
- 45IB under LTC RHENANTE M SALVADOR INF (GSC) PA is currently deployed in Mindanao particularly at So Bayug, Brgy Samak, Talipao, Sulu and placed OPCON to Joint Task Force Sulu. It is OPCON to 501st Infantry Brigade effective 29 May 2016.
- 50IB under LTC RUBEN B GUINOLBAY INF (GSC) PA is located at Sitio Kapanikian, Brgy Camalog, Pinukpuk, Kalinga. Its AO covers the whole province of Kalinga and two municipalities (Conner and Kabugao) of Apayao.
- 54IB under LTC NICOLAS J QUEMADO JR INF (GSC) PA is located at Tiger Hill, Brgy Baguinge, Kiangan, Ifugao. Its AO covers the whole provinces of Ifugao, Mountain Province (except municipalities of Besao and Tadian), Benguet, and the municipalities of Ambaguio and Villaverde of Nueva Vizcaya.
- 77IB (Cadre) under LTC NICEFORO M DIAZ JR INF (GSC) PA is co-located with Headquarters 5ID. The unit performs administrative control over 4,178 CAAs deployed at 5ID AOR as force multipliers.
- 86IB under LTC REMIGIO A DULATRE INF (GSC) PA is located at So Balabal, Barangay Uno, Jones, Isabela. Its AO covers the provinces of Isabela, Quirino and six (6) municipalities of Nueva Vizcaya (Diadi, Bagabag, Solano, Quezon, Bayombong, and Bambang).
- 95IB (to be update soon…)
- 5MIBn under MAJ FLOYD D GANO (MI) PA is co-located with Headquarters 5ID. The unit performs intelligence operations and counteractions regarding HUMINT, SIGINT, and CI to support the intelligence requirements of the 5th Infantry Division. The 51MICO, 5MIBn is currently deployed in Mindanao and placed OPCON to 501st Infantry Brigade effective 02 September 2016.
- 5CMOBn under LTC ALARIC AVELINO P DELOS SANTOS FA (GSC) PA is co-located with Headquarters 5ID. The unit performs CMO support to 5th Infantry Division. The 3rd platoon of 5CMO Company is currently deployed in Mindanao as OPCON to 501st Infantry Brigade effective 26 March 2015.
- 51DRC under 1LT MCGYVER M RICARDEL (INF) PA is co-located with Headquarters 5ID and placed OPCON to 503IBde.
- 52DRC under 1LT RALPH EUGENE D MARTINEZ (INF) PA is located at Brgy Zone 1, San Mariano Isabela and placed OPCON to 502IBde.
- 53DRC under 1LT NESTOR L SABUD JR (INF) PA as Division Reserve is located at Brgy Callanan, Tabuk City, Kalinga.
5th Infantry Division’s Area of Responsibility (AOR)
The 5th Infantry Division’s Area of Responsibility (AOR) covers the whole Cordillera Administrative Region and Mainland of Region 2, except the Municipalities of Alfonso Castañeda, Aritao, Dupax Del Norte, Dupax Del Sur, Kayapa, Kasibu, and Sta Fe, all of Nueva Vizcaya.
The 5ID area of operations can be categorized into two (2) contrasting terrain features: first is flat to gently rolling terrain which covers the central portion of Cagayan and Isabela and the mountainous, thickly forested to rough terrain that covers 85% of the area.
There are three (3) principal mountain ranges in the 5ID AOR, these are the Sierra Madre, the centrally located Cordillera and the Caraballo Mountain Ranges that forms a connecting link between the Central Sierra Madre and Southern Cordillera separating Cagayan Valley from Central Luzon.
There are also four major rivers in the JAO, these are; the Abra River, Cagayan River, Chico River and Magat River.
Indigenous Peoples Groups locally inhabit the JAO. There are eight (8) tribes dwelling in Region 2 and 12 tribes inhabiting the Cordillera Administrative Region.
Tertiary schools are distributed throughout the area of operations. A total of 68 universities and colleges have been established.
The area can be accessed by air through seven airports and by sea through two seaports.
Local communications in the area are enhanced through available commercial telecommunications service providers with respective towers mostly established at the vicinity of major thoroughfares. A total of 270 have been established in the AO. Fueling economic growth is the three (3) economic zones located in Baguio City, Isabela, and Cagayan.