22nd Infantry Battalion (CAFGU)
22nd Battalion Combat Team
22nd Infantry Battalion (Separate)
The 22nd Infantry Battalion, "Valor," traces its lineage to the 22nd Infantry Battalion (Separate), first organized on 26 March 1951 at Fort William McKinley (subsequently Fort Bonifacio) pursuant to General Orders Number 188, General Headquarters, Armed Forces of the Philippines, dated 26 March 1951. On 27 March 1951, the unit had its first field assignment having been deployed in the 1st Military Area and stationed at Panaod, San Ildefonso, Bulacan.
On 16 April 1951, the 22nd Infantry Battalion (Separate) was redesignated as the 22nd Battalion Combat Team. Upon completion of its reorganization and a retraining, the unit was given responsibility for a portion of Central Luzon. This occured at at time when security threats in Bulacan and Nueva Ecija were on the rise.
On 21 July 1951, the Battalion, as part of Task Force Able, launched a series of assaults against enemy forces located in the historical fortress of Biak-na-Bato. The 22nd Infantry Battalion continued to conduct counter insurgency operations against the Huk rebels until the movement effectively ceased to exist in the mid-1950s. Soon after the Battalion became involved in the Kamlon campaign in Sulu, where it was deployed to combat the insurgency there. There it spent 7 months fighting muslim seperatists. In 1958, the unit was redesignated as the 22nd Infantry Battalion and assigned to the 1st Infantry Division. With the draw down in the Philippine Army following the end of major hostilities against the Huks and Moro separatists, the unit was inactivated.
On 1 November 1972 the unit was reactivated as the 22nd Infantry Battalion. The organization of the unit was based on the so-called Kamagong concept, whereby personnel assigned were mostly extended trainees, with small percentage of regular enlisted personnel to handle key positions. In February 1972, the 22nd Infantry Battalion was redeployed from Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City to Dinaig, Cotabato to combat the rising insurgency in Central Mindanao. There the battalion was then placed under the operational control of the 6th Infantry Brigade (Separate) and was initially tasked to assist in the Cotabato area.
In April 1973, the Battalion redeployed to Libak, North Cotabato, a municipality reported to be the sanctuary of Moro rebels. The unit was placed under the operational control of the 6th Infantry Brigade (Separate) Task Force Cosmos. On 21 July 1973, the Battalion seized objective Tran in Libak, Cotabato after sustained operations. Task Force Cosmos then directed the Battalion to conduct a follow on offensive with Tarungan Lebak as the objective. Enemy resistance, sniper fire, and land mines made the operation difficult, but the Battalion finally captured its objective on 4 August 1973.
In April 1976, the Battalion was redeployed to Camp Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal and was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division. While deployed in Rizal, the Battalion conduct civic actions in select areas of greater Manila Area, performed site security mission during the construction of the Philippine Plaza Hotel in preparation for the IMF-sponsored World Bank Conference and provided augmentation to the Presidential Security Command for VIP security for President Marcos and foreign dignitaries. In August 1976, the unit was redeployed to Cebu and placed under the operational control of the 3rd Infantry Division. It was subsequently redeployed to Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City for retraining.
On 28 February 1986 the Battalion redeployed to Quezon Province, while the insurgency in the southern Tagalog and Bicol Regions gained ground. In 1987 the unit was moved to Camarines del Norte to conduct counter insurgency operations. During the operations elements of the Battalion conducted a raid on an NPA encampment in Brgy Kanapawan neutralizing 9, including an NPA commander, and recoevering weapons.
In 1991, a reorganization of unit responsibilities in Bicol led to the redeployment of the Battalion to Camarines del Sur to deal with a localized insurgency there. In October 1993, the unit was redeployed back to Camp Capinpin, Tanay Rizal for a 3 month long retraining. Upon completion of the training it redeployed in the Province of Albay to conduct counter insurgency operations. In November 1999, the Battalion engaged enemy combatants in the vicinity of Sitio La Medalla, Brgy Bonbon, Libon, Albay, which resulted to the neutralization of 4 enemy combatants and the recovery of weapons.
In 2000, the Battalion successfully neutralized an anti-government cell during an encounter in the vicinity Brgy Igot, Tabaco, Albay. On 15 March 2000, the Battalion neutralized 6 enemy combatants and wounded 2 others, capturing weapons, while on 14 December 2000 the Battalion neutralized 3 more enemy combatants and captured additional weapons in an encounter at Brgy Payak, Bato, Camarines del Sur. These operations were supplemented with civil military operations, resulting in additional enemy combatants surrendering. Also in 2000, the unit was committed to the relief effort during the eruption of the Mayon Volcano, helping prevent any casualties from the disaster.
Between 21 and 22 March 2001, the Battalion encountered a large NPA force in the vicinity of Brgy Malipo and Onggo, Guinobatan. The resulting operations led to neutralization of 2 enemy combatants and the recovery of weapons and equipment. A raid conducted on 10 June 2001 by elements of the Battalion on an encampment in the vicinity of Sitios Tugawe-Binangkuan, Bulolo, Guinobatan, Albay resulted to the neutralization of an undetermined number of enemy combatants and the recovery of equipment and documents. Another encounter on 01 November 2001 at Brgy Florista, Jovillar, Albay led to the recovery of weapons.
During national and local elections in May 2001, the unit provided security and conduct operations to reduce violence, making numerous arrests and recovering weapons and equipment in Pioduran, Albay and in Balatan Camarines del Sur. An enouncter on 12 May 2001 led to the capture of additional weapons in the vicinity of Brgy Inuyonan, Bula, Camarines del Sur. The Battalion also secured the municipalities of Bato and Buhi, Camarines del Sur after supporters of losing mayoral candidates rioted.
In January 2005 an encounter with an enemy combatant in the vicinity of Santa Fe, Pilar, Sorsogon resulted to the recovery of weapons and ammunition. In February 2005 elements of the unit conducted a raid in the vicinity of Sitio Sili, Brgy Cotmo, San Fernando, Camarines del Sur, resulting in the recovery of weapons. In April 2005, elements of the units encountered a number of enemy combatants in the vicinity of Sitio Milabigan, Brgy Carriedo, Irosin, Sorsogon, which resulted to the recovery of weapons and ammunition. Also in April 2005, personnel of Caima Detachment conducted a raid in the vicinity of Brgy Gabi, Sipocot, Camarines del Sur, resulting in the capture of weapons, ammunition, and equipment. On 19 July 2005, elements of the Battalion encountered enemy forces in the vicinity of Sitio San Jose, Brgy Maslog, Legaspi City, resulting in the recovery of weapons, ammunition, equipment, and documents. On 24 October 2005, elements of the Battalion encountered enemy forces in the vicinity of Sitio Biluang, Jupi, Gubat, Sorsogon resulting in the recovery of weapons, ammunition, and equipment. On 14 November 2005, elements of the Battalion encountered enemy forces in the vicinity of Sitio Mawaswas, Brgy Batbat, Guinobatan, Albay, which resulted to the recovery of weapons, ammunition, equipment, and documents.
The unit also assisted in the environmental protection mission, seizing waste to be illegally dumped on numerous occasions, which were turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for proper disposition. The unit has simultaneously conducted tree planting activities in the 9th Infantry Division AOR and other civic actions. The Battalion was also responsible for training CAFGU and CAA Companies and conducted CAA refresher training and other training courses.
On 15 January 2006, the Battalion headquarters was relocated from Camp Canuto, Brgy Sagurong, Pili to Brgy Mabalodbalod, Tigaon, Camarines del Sur. As the Cadre Battalion for the Division, the unit established its training facilities for use by CAA elements for training purposes, as well as organic elements. The unit conduct multiple training exercises and courses for CAFGU and CAA units.
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