The Philippine Army announced that it produced the Joint Task Force Marawi Handbook a series that highlights its experiences and achievements during the crisis in a launch spearheaded by the Philippine Army’s Operations Research Center.
The handbook series, which covers Joint Task Force Marawi combat and non-combat operations, is a compendium of stories immortalized in a series of books. According to Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera, Director of Operations Research Center of the Philippine Army, “it is an enduring documentation of actual experiences and achievement on the ground during the crisis. In order to keep an intended tone of book presentation, the handbooks were designed for specific internal and external audiences.”
“As we commemorate the unfortunate memories of the crisis and remember the destruction caused by the enemy, we also keep in our hearts and minds the lessons learned in the military operations throughout the five-month long battle,” said Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, Commanding General, Philippine Army.
Lt. Gen. Bautista was the Commander of Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division and Joint Task Force Marawi during the Marawi crisis where government troops engaged the ISIS-Maute terrorist group in the fiercest military combat operations in recent Philippine History. Sixty-five soldiers and policemen died and more than a thousand were wounded in the main battle area.
The launch was attended by Guest of Honor and Speaker Sec. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, special assistant to the president, and Dr. Isabel Cojuangco-Suntay, co-founder of Tarlac Heritage Foundation and who has offered full support in the production of the handbooks.