2nd Infantry Division (Philippines)

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Second Infantry Division
2nd Infantry Division (Philippines).jpg
Unit Seal of the 2nd Infantry Division
Active 1936-1942 (as 2nd Regular Division, PCA)
1942-1946 (as 2nd Infantry Division, PCA)
March 19, 1976 - Present
Country Philippines Philippines
Branch Philippine Army
Type Philippine Army Infantry BC.jpg Infantry
Role Conventional Warfare, Anti-Guerrilla Operations
Size 3 Brigades, 8 Battalions. Total is 7000+ soldiers
Part of Under the Philippine Army
Garrison/HQ Camp Mateo Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal
Nickname(s) Jungle Fighter Division
Motto Professional, Competent, and Capable
Mascot Kris
Anniversaries March 19
Engagements World War II
* Philippines Campaign (1941-1942)
* Battle of Bataan (1942)
* Japanese Occupation of the Philippines (1942-1945)
* Philippines Campaign (1944-1945)
* Battle of Luzon (1945)
Communist Insurgency in the Philippines
Anti-guerilla operations against the NPA and local criminal elements
Decorations Presidential Streamer Award
MGen Eduardo D Del Rosario AFP
MGen Delfin N Bangit AFP, MGen Pedro Cabuoay AFP, MGen Delfin N Bangit AFP, MGen Alexander Yano AFP, MGen Fernando L Mesa AFP,
Armed Forces Occupational Specialty Insignia Philippine Army Infantry BC.jpg

The 2nd Infantry Division, Philippine Army, known officially as the Jungle Fighter Division, is the Philippine Army's primary Infantry unit specializing in jungle warfare.


2nd Regular Division, Philippine Commonwealth Army during World War II under the Japanese Invasion[edit]

The 2nd Regular Division, Philippine Commonwealth Army was founded and the military establishment on 1936 to 1942 at the military general headquarters and they stationed in Camp Murphy (now. Camp Emilio Aguinaldo) in Quezon City, Rizal (now. Metro Manila) and Fort William McKinley (now. Fort Andres Bonifacio) in Taguig, Rizal (now. Metro Manila) from the engagements of the Anti-Japanese military operations in Bataan on January 1 to April 9, 1942 and aiding the USAFFE military forces led by General Douglas MacArthur against the Imperial Japanese troops led by General Masaharu Homma during the Battle of Bataan on 1942.

Begins the Battle of Bataan on January 1, 1942, many local troops and officers of the 2nd Regular Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army under by Major General Guillermo Francisco (1936-1942) and we sending the combat operations on Bataan and helpful to the defending USAFFE forces under by General Douglas MacArthur against the Japanese forces under by General Masaharu Homma begins the main battle commands on Bataan from February to April 1942. Before the three months and one year battles for the fall of Bataan, local troops and officers of the 2nd Regular Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army and they supporting the USAFFE forces was fought side by side in Bataan and attacking Japanese troops include the Layac Line, Porac-Guagua Line, Abucay-Mauban Line, Battle of Trail 2, the Battle of the Pockets and the Battle of the Points before the invasion at Mount Samat on April 3, 1942. In April 3, 1942 on Good Friday, the invasion of all local military forces under the 2nd Regular Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army enters and invaded the fall of Mount Samat in Bataan and help USAFFE military forces and attacking Japanese troops. After the Battle of Bataan on April 9, 1942, the local forces under the Philippine Commonwealth Army 2nd Regular Division was surrenders to the Imperial Japanese troops in Bataan was captured and they walking the march of all Filipino and American POW's around in Mariveles, Bataan to Camp O'Donnell in Capas, Tarlac was start the Bataan Death March.

The aftermath of the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942 by the surrendering troopers of the PCA 2nd Regular Division by the Japanese hands in Bataan.

2nd Infantry Division, Philippine Army during the Post-War Era[edit]

On February 1, 1970, the 2nd Infantry Brigade (Separate) was activated. Its first Headquarters was based in Camp Vicente Lim in Canlubang, Calamba City and later, was moved to Barangay Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal. Camp Capinpin, the present camp, was named after Brigadier General Mateo M Capinpin, the intrepid soldier of the 21st Division, Philippine Army, USAFFE who rose from the ranks during World War II. It is strategically situated at the foothills of the scenic Sierra Madre Mountains with an elevation of 1,400 feet above sea level and 70 kilometers east of Manila. On March 19, 1976, the Brigade was upgraded and reorganized into a full Infantry Division of the Philippine Army. Since then, twenty five (25) Commanders have already assumed Command of the 2nd Infantry Division.

The 2nd Infantry Division, Philippine Army was founded and the military establishment on March 19, 1976 at Camp Mateo Capinpin in Barangay Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal from the engagements of the assigned to combat the Anti-Communist rebels and local criminal element operations in Southern Luzon included the two regions of CALABARZON and MIMAROPA nine major provinces of Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque and Palawan and begins the ongoing Communist Insurgencies of the Philippines from 1969 to ongoing against the Communist rebel fighters of the New People's Army (NPA), Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF-P) and other local criminal elements.


Their mission is to conduct sustained Internal Security Operations (ISO) in regions 4A and 4B to neutralize the Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee (STRPC) and the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the New Peoples Army (NPA) in order to create a physically and psychologically sound environment conducive for development and commerce.


The following are the Brigade units that are under the 2nd Infantry Division.

  • 201st Infantry (Kabalikat)Brigade
  • 202nd Infantry (Unifier) Brigade
  • 203rd Infantry (Bantay Kapayapaan) Brigade

The following are the Battalion units that are under the 2nd ID.

  • 1st Infantry (Always First) Battalion
  • 4th Infantry (Scorpion) Battalion
  • 16th Infantry (Maglilingkod) Battalion
  • 59th Infantry (Protector) Battalion
  • 68th Infantry (Kaagapay) Battalion
  • 74th Infantry (Unbeatable) Battalion
  • 76th Infantry (Victrix) Battalion
  • 80th Infantry (Steadfast) Battalion
  • 85th Infantry (Sandiwa) Battalion


  • Anti-guerrilla operations against the New People's Army
  • Anti-terrorist operations against the Abu Sayyaf operating in their AOR.
  • The 2nd Infantry Division was among the forerunners of what is now the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment.
  • MGen Delfin Bangit was previously assigned as the Presidents Most Senior Aide-de-camp and is the commanding officer of the Presidential Security Group.
  • MGen Pedro Cabouay was former commander of the Intelligence Service AFP and Light Armor Brigade (now Light Armor Division) was an alumnus of the University of Santo Tomas College of Commerce and is a product of the Philippine ROTC System.
  • LGen Alexander Yano, former commander of the 2ID, was previously assigned as Army Chief and later on as AFP Chief of Staff.
  • MGen Fernando Mesa is currently serving as the AFP NCR Command's commanding general. Overseeing security measures for the National Capital Region and is also responsible in securing the seat of power of the Philippine Government.