Army’s 64th Infantry Battalion completes Battalion Retraining Program


The 64th Infantry Battalion (64IB) completed the Battalion Retraining Program on August 6 at the battalion headquarters in Sumisip, Basilan.

The eight-week Retraining Program provides a methodical and high-quality training that refreshes the officers’ and enlisted personnel’s knowledge and capabilities in combat operations.

The program also improves the Infantry Battalion’s operational preparedness and capability at all levels of command, preparing them for fast deployment missions to destroy enemy troops in any intensity level of conflict.

During the closing ceremony, Lt. Col. Renante D. Besa, the commanding officer of 64IB, presented certificates of achievement to Sgt. Gleen Richard E. Ponce and Cpl. Ariel E. Bautista who were the top performers in Pistol and Rifle Marksmanship, respectively.

In his speech, Brig. Gen. Bagnus P. Gaerlan, the Assistant Division Commander, applauded the training committee for successfully facilitating the Battalion Retraining Program.


“Congratulations to the 64IB and its personnel. I hope that your 2-month training has made your battalion a better battalion. I hope that the purpose of this training was attained and has developed unit cohesion,” said Gaerlan.

Gaerlan shared the three importance of training—train to fight, train to lead, train to win. He also reminded everyone to set an example to the community and be a law-abiding citizen.

“Remember, it takes many years to build a reputation, and it only takes five minutes to destroy it,” Gaerlan added.

Also present during the activity are Col. Jonathan P. Obena, the commandant of 1st Division Training School; Lt. Col. Egverr Jonathan A. Abutin, CO 18IB; Lt. Col. Napoleon G. Pabon, CO 68IB; Lt. Col. Cyril A. Santander, Executive Officer of 101st Infantry Brigade; and Maj. Garry O. Cruzado, the Division Deputy G8. 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION