The 32nd Infantry Battalion, a field unit of the Zamboanga Del Sur-based 1st Infantry Division, formally started its reorganizational training Friday.
This took place at 1st Infantry Division headquarters in Kuta Cesar Sang-an in Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur.
According to Lt. Col. Alex Rillera, the Assistant Chief of Staff for Education and Training, the 32nd Infantry Battalion will undergo retraining as part of the Implementation Plan Pagsasanay Alpha of the Philippine Army which runs up to Sept. 27.
The training aims to develop the combat fighting skills and knowledge of the soldiers.
“We will also refurbish their mobility equipment and at the same time strengthen their operational readiness towards excellent mission accomplishment,” he added.
Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Felicito Virgilio Trinidad Jr., the Acting Commander of 1st Infantry Division, welcomed and commended the accomplishments of 32nd Infantry Battalion in its long years of deployment.
“Our core competencies, as soldiers, is fighting wars and battles, because that is what we are trained for. And we need to hone that competency so that we are always on the upper hand to protect our people and defend the integrity and sovereignty of our country against threats,” he added.
Trinidad also emphasized the objectives of the organizational training which he summed at under the acronym “TRAIN”: Total Unit Readiness, Responsiveness or Responsibility as a unit and as individual soldier, Acquisition of knowledge and skills, Imbibe the culture of professionalism, discipline and excellence, and Nurture the spirit of service and people oriented individual soldier and unit.
The 32nd Infantry Battalion had its last retraining sometime in 1998 and since then, the unit became one of the fight ingest units in the Army.
The unit successful internal peace and security initiatives significantly contributed to the improved socio-economic development in the island of Basilan for the past four years. PNA