601st Infantry Brigade, 6th Infantry Division
Task Force South Mindanao
1st Infantry Brigade, 6th Infantry Division
The mission of the 601st Infantry Brigade is to conduct sustained internal security operation in its area of responsibility, to decisively defeat various rebel organizations, secure the area of operations, including its population, and assist government agencies in creating a climate of peace and stability conducive to deployment. Its specific functions include: Providing operational control to all units under the brigade; providing administrative control and supervision of the SCAA in AOR; and securing and protecting the people and all government installations in the AOR.
The 601st Infantry Brigade traces its lineage back to the 2nd Infantry Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. In 1980, the 2nd Infantry Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, then based in palwan, was recalled for retraining at Camp Capinpin, Tanay Rizal prior to its redeployment to Mindanao. By october 1980, the 2nd Infantry Brigade had moved to its new home at Brgy Pigkalagan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. Subsequently, the unit was placed under the operation control of Central Mindanao Command (CEMCOM). The Brigade took operational jurisdiction over the areas of North Cotabato, Davao del Sur, parts of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur. The unit saw action against various anti-government forces.
In early 1982, 3rd Infantry Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, stationed in Buayan, Dadiangas, South Cotabato was pulled out to be redeployed to Quezon province. However, the movement of the unit proved to have a negative effect as local communist rebels subsequently became active in Dadiangas, South Cotabato and in the province of Davao. The complacent attitude and decline of discipline of soldiers, policemen and para-military forces had also significantly affected the faith, trust and confidence of the local constituents. The situation prompted CEMCOM to deploy a small number of men to Buayan, Dadiangas, South cotabato and organized Task Force SCODA (South Cotabato - Davao del Sur). Later in 1982, Task Force SCODA was redesingated as Task Force Buayan, the location where the unit was headquartered. In 1985, Task Force Buayan was again redesignated as the SOWERFOR (Southwestern Force) and was placed under the operation command of Regional Unified Command 11.
After the EDSA Revolution in 1986, Colonel Orlando V Soriano soriano assumed as command of SOWERFOR. In April 1986, Colonel Soriano was concurrently designated as commander of 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division based in Matalam, North Cotabato. The 2nd Infantry Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division was subsequently transfered that month to Buayan and co-located with the SOWERFOR. SOWERFOR was then inactivated. Its personnel and materiel were absorbed by the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. Later in 1986 the 2nd Infantry Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division was redesignated as 1st Infantry Brigade, 12th Infantry Brigade (Separate). The 12th Infantry Brigade (Separate) had been activated in Awang, Dinaig (subsequently Datu Odin Sinsuat) Maguindanao on 1 may 1986.
On 24 October 1987, the 12th Infantry Brigade (Separate) was inactivated and the 6th Infantry Division was activated. The 1st Infnatry Brigade, 12th Infantry Brigade (Separate) similarly transformed into 1st Infantry Brigade, 6th Infantry Division. In 1989 the unit was designated as the 601st Infantry Brigade, 6th Infantry Division. The Brigade was transferred from Buayan to Sitio Pulatana, Brgy Malandag, Malungon, Sarangani Province. On 16 april 1989, Colonel Hermenegildo Agaab, Jr. assumed command of the unit, being promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. Colonel Agaab was killed while serving as Brigade Command and in his honor, the Headquarters of the Brigade was subsequently renamed Camp Brigadier General Hermenegildo Agaab, Jr.
During the mid-1990s the unit was redesignated Task Force South Mindanao, but was redesignated back after only a few months.
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