The 903rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army has redeployed its 9th Infantry Battalion (9IB) in the
. province of Masbate
The battalion, headed by Lt. Col. Ericson Rosana, replaced the Task Group Masbate (TGM), which was deactivated on Feb. 25 in a ceremony led by Col. Cesar M. Idio, 903IB commander, in the TGM headquarters in Sitio Baclay, Barangay Bacolod, Milagros town.
Idio’s brigade is based in Old Castilla, Sorsogon.
The TGM headed by Col. Alden Juan C. Masagca served
Masbate province from August 2014 to Feb. 25.
Idio said the 9IB will handle counter-insurgency operations in the province.
The battalion has 500 men while the TGM has only about 100 soldiers coming from the headquarters of the 9th Infantry Division in Camp Elias Angeles, Pili, Camarines
"The 9IB was formerly in charge of
but it was sent abroad as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force at the
outbreak of the Ebola virus. It is now back in Masbate,"
He believes the province will be safer in the presence of the battalion now that the anniversary of the New People's Army (NPA) is fast approaching.