Reinventions and Renames
Call the unit in whatever name, but the 2nd Service Support Battalion will always be 2ID's logistical pillar.
Since 1963, this unit has been called by several names and underwent changes and reinventions of sorts. It used to be called the supply and mainte-nance detachment, logis-tical support company and motorpool maintenance and transportation battalion.
It's present subordinate units include the Headquarters and Head-quarters company, mainte-nance and motor trans-portation company, the supply and service company, the 1362nd Dental Detachment and the 2nd Medical Company.
The whole unit used to be based in Camp Vicente Lim, Canlubang Laguna but was later transferred to Camp Mateo, Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal.
Succession of Men
The Service Support Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Philippine Army, traces its origin from the defunct unit known as the Supply and Maintenance Detachment (SMD) way back in 1963, the original station of which was in II Military Area, Camp Vicente Lim, Canlubang, Laguna.
By virtue of the headquarters of the Philippine Army, the Supply and Maintenance Detachment was activated with the following units attached to it: ordinance service; quarter master service; signal service and engineer service.
Each unit has its separate service commander. However, they are all an integral part of the SMD. The first commanding officer who was also in-charge of the SMD was MAJ. MARCIAL N. MORAL. He assumed the office in 1963. From the time of its activation, the unit continued to be self-reliant and only depended on its limited resources. Under the dynamic leadership of MAJ. MORAL, the unit was able to put-up some recreational facilities such as: softball; volleyball and basketball. It was also the only unit in the II military area to have a television set during that time. To enhance the morale of the men, the commanding officer encouraged his men to actively participate in athletic competition, as well as in attending social gatherings within the area.
The supply and maintenance detachment succeeded in its mission to provide logistical support for the units under the II Military Area.
On October 16, 1966, the said unit was de-activated and subsequently reorganized into what is called as the Logistical Support Company (LSC). It had the same officers and men as its working arms. MAJ. was still the incumbent commanding officer during that time. The newly activated unit still remained in II military area, camp Vicente Lim, Canlubang, Laguna. All units that were under the defunct supply and maintenance detachment remained as the units of the Logistic Support Company. It also imbibed the original mission - to provide supply and service support to the command in terms of immediate transportation services, evacuation services and forward support for the brigades.
On March 15, 1968, MAJ. MORAL was relieved and was succeeded by MAJ. ESTANISLAO S. SANTOS who assumed the position as the second commanding officer of the unit. MAJ. SANTOS, as a man of good leadership, was able to increase the strength of personnel, as well as the number of equipment that eventually led to more and better accomplish-menst of the unit.
On November 12, 1968, just after Presidential election, the unit was transferred to its present location, in Camp Mateo Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal.
Process of Adjustment
Meanwhile, on June 30, 1970, just after the completion of the transfer of the unit, MAJ. SANTOS was relieved as commanding officer and was succeeded by MAJ. MARINE F. FADRIQUELA. As expected, elements of the unit underwent the process of adjustment considering the new environmental condition of the camp area, particularly on matters pertaining to weather and security. While maintaining its constant preparedness, the unit engaged in the socio-economic programs of the government such as civic action and social environmental sanitation. On various occasions, the unit likewise demonstrated its adaptability to the challenging tasks of the changing times and main-tained its high state of discipline despite the odds.
The logistical support company that was formerly under the II Military Area became an integral part of the unit during the reorganization of the command from II Military Area to 2nd infantry brigade (Separate ,) Philippine Army. This was pursuant to general order number 237, AFP dated February 7, 1970. The command was under the leadership of BGEN. TEODORICO R. ALMUETE.
On February 29, 1971, LT. COL. FADRIQUELA was relieved as commanding officer of the logistical support company and was succeeded by CPT. JOSE P. ZETA, a quarter master officer who led the unit for six months until he was relieved by 1LT FELIMON S. JUAT, JR. on August 30, 1971. It was on 1LT JUAT'S incumbency that the unit acquired the services of the eight regular CAD officers and two probationary officers to man the unit. They worked side by side with the incumbent commander. His leadership in the course of military operation earned the respect and admiration of his superior officers. So much so that within the short period of time, he was relieved by LT. COL. FLORENTINO H. FLORDELIZ.
On April 1, 1972, LT. COL. FLORDELIZ was likewise relived as commanding officer of the logistical support company
and assumed the position as the AC of S, G4. After LTC. FLORDELIZ came the assignment of CPT. MARCIAL G. CUDAL, an officer whose background revolves around technical jobs, and a graduate of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), a rare qualification of an officer during that time. It was also during this period when the second infantry brigade (Separate), PA was activated into a division on March 19, 1976. It was a memorable day for the division personnel because it was the birth date of the incumbent commanding general, BGEN. RAMON L. CANNU, It was also on that date when the logistical support company was de-activated into Maintenance and Motor Transportation Battalion (MMTBn), 2nd infantry division, Philippine Army.
The MMTBn was then organized pursuant to Section I, general orders number 660, GHQ AFP dated Apri 3,l 1976. Units under the former logistical support company became an independent unit from the newly activated MMTBn. It also has its own respective commanding officers. MMTBn, with all the separated units, became the combat service support units of the command.
On May 15, 1978, MAJ. MARCIAL G. CUDAL was relieved as commanding officer of the unit and was eventually succeeded by LT. COL. VIVINCIO N. VILLANUEVA. The unit has three companies - the headquarters company, maintenance company and the transportation company. LT. COL. VILLANUEVA's term was characterized by an intensive and massive upgrading of the unit maintenance capability. The unit also intensified the growing demand for the maintenance of all the life-essential equipment. Tool kits for first and second echelon was acquired during his term. Better tools and facilities made this unit famous and resulted to the recognition as one of the best combat service support units of the command.
On February 1, 1981, LTC. VILLANUEVA was relieved as commanding officer of the unit and was succeeded by LT.C JOSE P. ZETA. His leadership was characterized as persuasive in approach. With minor innovations he pursued the momentum of the unit in gaining its reputation as one of the best unist of the command.
On August 16, 1981, LT. COL. CESAR D. FAUSTINO was designated as commanding officer of MMTBn relieving LT. COL. ZETA who, at that time, was about to assume higher position in GHQ, AFP. LT. COL. FAUSTINO's term is as good as his predecessors in terms of accomplishments as well as in looking for the welfare of his subordinates.
Four years later, on Oct. 1, 1985, LT. COL. FAUSTINO was relieved as commanding officer and MAJ. JOSE CACACHO took the reins of the MMTBn. The proclamation in February, 1986 of a new popular government mandated the realignment and redirection of the national strategy from which all the military policies emanated. In order to conform with the policies of the national leadership, the command streamlined its structure. First among those streamlined was the de-activation of MMTBn and the activation of the service support battalion on Nov. 16, 1986, pursuant to General Orders #5, PA. The said activation integrated the various support functions of the maintenance and motor transportation company, supply service company, medical company and the 1362nd Dental Detachment at the division level. The purpose of the integration is to have an organization which is effective and responsive to the command's over increasing demand on maintenance requirement. MAJ. CACACHO was still the incumbent commanding officer of the newly activated unit. Since he was planning to retire in the days to come, his remaining days in the service was characterized by an intensive motivation to make the necessary adjustments for the personnel especially since this was the very period that the chaos caused by the changes in national leadership is somehow inevitable. With the proper motivation, the personnel this unit remained loyal to the service and continued performing their duties and responsibilities with utmost dedication and hard work.
On May 20, 1986, MAJ. CACAHO was relieved and was succeeded by LTC. BENJAMIN SALVADOR who continued the goal and aspiration of the unit. Six months later, on November 16, 1986, LTC. SALVADOR was relieved and was succeeded by COL. GREGORIO ABARINTOS. His term was characterized as mission-oriented. He set an example in discharging his duties that all personnel in the unit are trying their best to cope with his standard. With proper motivation and understanding of the situation during that time, the men worked harmoniously which naturally resulted in better, more accomplishments.
On March 7, 1991, COL. ABARINTOS was relieved by LT. COL. EMMANUEL M. DE GUZMAN. His term as commanding officer of SSBn was characterized with the combination of persuasive and authoritative type of leadership. The demand for quality work and services was high, so he motivated the personnel to be cooperative with each other for the betterment not only of the unit but for the command as well.
On July 1, 1991, LTC. FRANCISCO A. MENDOZA succeeded LTC. DE GUZMAN. LT. COL. MENDOZA's leadership was charac-terized as good as his predecessors. The unit, as usual, satisfied the demands of higher headquarters in terms of proper maintenance of equipment and medical and dental services which was rendered to the military personnel, as well as to the civilian populace.
On July 8, 1992, LTC. MENDOZA was relieved by COL. EMETERIO A. BALACY. He took the helm of the unit by inputing new ideas and techniques in dealing with some difficulties, particularly in the management of the motor pool maintenance, supply services and medical and dental services. He emphasized the importance of supervision and proper.
Proper Adherence to the Command's Policies and Guidance
After two months, on September 16, 1992, COL. BALACY was relieved and reassigned with ARESCOM PA. This paved the way for LTC. JACINTO BUSINOS to lead this unit. His term as the commander of the unit concentrated in upgrading the manpower by sending them to proper training. It was on his term that the experimental attempt for the re-powering of the "Kennedy Jeep" from gasoline to diesel engine materialized. It was also during his term that the quarterly socials for the officers and men of the unit, together with their dependents, materialized. This activity continues up to the present administration. LT. COL. BUSINOS was also contributory to the successful implementation of the unit's clean and green project.
On April 16, 1994, COL. EXPEDITO S. SOSA succeeded LTC. BUSINOS who was then assigned as the command G1. COL. SOSA's term as commanding officer of SSBn was also characterized as mission-oriented. Being a quarter master officer and with proper and wider experience in handling such units (as manifested in his previous assignments), COL. SOSA is considered as one of the best commanders this unit has ever had. His managerial ability resulted in the immrediate repair of the very much needed service of three types of vehicles; one trkm 5 ton Wrecker, one Trk 2 1/2 Ton M35 and seven light vehicles, trucks, 1/4 ton M151 and DMC. With such accomplishments, COL. SOSA soon earned the Military Merit Medal award.
On July 1, 1995, COL. SOSA was relieved as commanding officer of the SSBn and was assigned as command G4. LTC. JOHN C. JARDIN succeeded COL. SOSA on the same date. LT. COL. JARDIN's experiences in the field units somehow enabled him to influence all the personnel of SSBN to cooperate with him. During his term, the unit was then adjudged by the command as the "Best Clean and Green" unit inside the post for the 3rd quarter, CY-96. It was also during his term that the unit has acquired three portable typewriters which was purchased out of the unit savings. Aside from the numerous day-to-day accomplishments of the unit, LT. COPL. JARDIN saw to it that the morale and state of discipline of his men were high. This alone gained the respect of the senior officers of the command. As a matter of fact, during his term, there was no recorded breach of discipline committed.
On May 1, 1997, LTC. JARDIN was relieved and succeeded by LT. COL. ALFREDO T. DAVE on that same day. LT. COL. DAVE's outstanding combat experiences, as well as his exemplary managerial abilities enabled him to unite all personnel of SSBN to work together in accomplishing the unit's mission. During his term, the unit concentrated mostly in the upgrading the serviceablility/deployability profile of vehicles and its lift requirements. Reports say the vehicles mobility increased up to 97%. This alone satisfied the ever-increasing demand for transport services of the command. The unit was adjudged for the second time as the "Best Clean and Green" unit inside the post for the 3rd quarter, CY-97. and consistently won the top place in almost every command competition. Examples of these are the successful campaign/participation in the civil disturbance, contingency/security and instability during the Centennial Celebration, as well as the inauguration of then newly elected President Joseph Ejercito Estrada.
The unit's leadership remained as one among the best and this is attributed to LT. COL. DAVE's quality of leadership, as well as his co-officers, who always look for the high state of morale and welfare of their men.
Under the stewardship of LT. COL. ALFREDO T. DAVE, all subordinate units such as Hqs & Hqs Company, Maintenance and Motor Transpoprtation Company, 2nd Medical Company, Supply and Service Company and the 1362nd Dental Detach-ment were all in the able leadership of their respective commanders.
LT. COL. REDENTOR G. ZAPATA succeeded LT. COL. DAVE on February 23, 2001. The unit remained in the present organization under the functional supervision of the assistant chief of staff for logistics, G4. With LTC. ZAPATA's able leadership and vast experience in resource management, the lift requirements of the division was enhanced. Considering that he came from the office of G4, this is seen as a major accomplishment.
Moreover, his innovative ideas made the unit more responsive to the lift capability of the division. He tailored his desire to the mission of the division, making the need for transportation of the operating units work very well.
The desire of LT. COL. ZAPATA to retire early prompted the command to relieve him as more officers were reassigned to the 2ID. LT. COL. LEONILO MALASA replaced LT. COL. ZAPATA on January 16, 2002. On the first day of his assumption of duty as commanding officer of the unit, he laid down his policies based on the rules and regulations, directives, standard operating procedures, circulars and the like.
His first policy was based on discipline, which is "Reward the Good and Punish the Bad". Other policies came from the punitive Articles of War 105, which is the "disciplinary oower of the Comman-ding Officer."
Today, the unit remains steadfast in supporting the
mission of the division. His assignment as CO, SSBn, 2ID, PA remains
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