CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz – A formal ceremony was held for the Joint Refilling and start of the Organizational Training of 12th Infantry (Lick ’Em) Battalion on Monday, February 03, 2020.

The ceremony was graced by Major General Eric C Vinoya, the newly promoted Commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division.

The 12IB, which used to be a “Cadre” Battalion of the 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division, will undergo a six-week training: four weeks of organizational training and two weeks of Community Support Program (CSP) training at the Battalion Retraining Facilities (BRF) in Camp Peralta, Jamindan, Capiz.

A total of 501 Lick ‘Em Troopers composed of 19 Officers led by Lieutenant Colonel SisenandoMagbalot and 482 Enlisted Personnel will undergo the said training.

The training aims to develop and enhance the operational capability of the 12IB and capacitate its personnel in conducting CSP in the grassroots communities prior to their redeployment.

In his message, MGenVinoya elaborated that the refilling and organizational training of the 12IB is part of the government’s effort to eradicate insurgency by year 2022 wherein the Armed Forces of the Philippines will be needing more soldiers and Battalions, in order to accomplish this mission. Hence, Philippine Army transformed cadre battalions into maneuver battalions.

MGenVinoya boosted the spirit of the 12IB personnel by conveying an inspirational message. “Consider the refilling and organizational training of your unit as a house or business renovation wherein you need to destroy a portion of it to restore and build a new and stronger one. It will be hard for you because you will again endure pain and pressure, but it will polish your flaws and bring out the best in you,” Vinoya said.

Further, the 3ID Commander reminded the troops to take the training seriously since they are doing this not only for the betterment of their unit but also for the welfare of the Visayan community. “Give your best shot during the training for you are doing this to prepare yourselves and your unit in performing and bringing your mandate to the next level. This time, you will not only serve the Visayans, but will fulfil their fervent desire for an insurgency-free community,” he stressed.