Marine battalion returns to Palawan

June 29, 2009 9:04 am 

MANILA, June 29 – The Philippine Marine Corps 8th Rifle Battalion sets its gears ready as they are deployed back to the operational area on July 3, 2009 after completing the six-month long retraining and refurbishing program.

The 8th Marine Battalion will be sent off to the Western Command Area of Responsibility (AOR) in a formal military ceremony comes Friday at Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila.

It will relieve in place the 9th Marine Battalion stationed at Barangay Tiniguiban, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan.

A customary send-off ceremony will be rendered to the officers and men of the 8th Marine Battalion with a simple program that will include well wishing of troops by their dependents, loved ones, friends, senior officers and fellow Marines, with the Navy Flag Officer in Command, Vice Admiral Ferdinand Golez as the Guest of Honor.

On Monday, the 8th Marine Battalion’s personnel and equipment were inspected by the Marine Commandant Major General Ben Dolorfino to ensure that the troops were well prepared for their new assignment.

During inspection, Dolorfino reiterated his guidance of becoming a Marine unit that is people-oriented, institutionally strong and operationally effective.

“Sense of urgency in accomplishing our internal security operation tasks is needed in order to neutralize the insurgency problems in Palawan before 2010,” said Dolorfino.

“We should always have the right mind and attitude framework as we serve the people. In that way, we can correct the people’s perspective in supporting the insurgents,” he said.

He encouraged the troops to keep “brotherhood and camaraderie prevailing in the unit because a brother Marine is our most potent weapon.” He said that amidst all circumstances, they should take care of each other.

The Commanding Officer of the 8th Marine Battalion, Major Yuri Pesigan, reported that his unit was mission capable after their retraining and refurbishment from January 19 to June 29.

The training comprised of war fighting fundamentals and doctrines, tactics, inter-agency operations and functional operations.(PNA)



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