CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao: Four officials of the Indonesian National Army or the Tentara Nasional Indonesia- Angktan Darat paid a courtesy call to the Philippine Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6ID).
Maj. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, 6ID Commander, was the host of the four-day visit that was part of the Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) of the two countries.
The objective of the PEP, which is a bilateral training activity between the Philippines and Indonesia, is for the participants to learn from each other and exchange knowledge on each Army’s organization, mission, training activities, and management.
Capt. Joann Petinglay, 6ID public information office chief, identified the Indonesian PEP delegates as Capt. Agung Cahyono, instructor at Infantry Training Center, Capt. Arief Handoko Usman, Individual Training of Infantry Weaponry Center section chief, 1Lt Rahmat Lin Suryana, of the Headquarters Detachment of Infantry Weaponing Center, and 2Lt Saryono, from the Headquarters Detachment of Infantry Weaponing Center.
Petinglay added that the topics discussed include the 6ID’s major accomplishments, operational matters, and best practices.
The delegates also demonstrated live firing skills and showcased an exhibit on War Fighting Competency Training at the 6ID Training School.
The personnel of 6ID also brought the Indonesian visitors to some of the well-known tourist and adventure destinations in Mindanao, including Lake Sebu, Baras Bird Sanctuary in South Cotabato and the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid in Cotabato City, which is considered the largest mosque in the Philippines.
The 11th Special Forces Company also hosted an airboat river tour at the stretch of Tamontaka River in Cotabato City that traversed the boundaries of Cotabato City and Maguindanao.