The Philippine Army has unveiled the Joint Task Force Marawi Handbook Series which highlights experiences and achievements during the five-month siege in the war-torn city during a launching event led by the Operations Research Center of the Philippine Army.
“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.
“As we engaged the enemy during the crisis in lethal operations and the same time the affected communities in non-combat operations, we were able to strategically and efficiently combine hard power and soft power approaches. At the same time it projected a positive image of the Philippine Army. These are exemplified in the Joint Task Force Marawi handbooks. Digital media, including social media played a very significant role in our innovative ventures in the virtual battle field in the online world toward translating tactical gains in the main battle area into strategic victories from the eyes of affected communities and the Filipino nation,” Lt. Gen. Bautista added.
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.
“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,” Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera, Director of Operations Research Center, Philippine Army.
“While your army has been battle tested since time immemorial, we are always wide open to embrace new challenges for new opportunities for new development. This is the very essence of Operations Research Center, Philippine Army. One of our important tasks is to accurately document these encountered challenges in Marawi and provide insights and analysis as reliable sources for future references,” Lt. Col. Herrera pointed out.
“As we experienced challenges in the battle of Marawi, we saw opportunities to improve. These challenges and opportunities should be eternally archived by keeping its information and data in print and online. The operations research center, Philippine Army painstakingly worked on the documentations and all its encompassing realizations that transpired during the crisis,” Lt. Col. Herrera furthered.