Army activates new Mechanized Infantry Battalion

The Philippine Army’s Mechanized Infantry Division (MID) on October 22 activated the 6th Mechanized Infantry “Salaknib” Battalion (Provisional). The activation event was led by MID commander Major General Gilbert I. Gapay as Presiding Officer and Keynote Speaker.

The MID said the creation of the new mechanized infantry battalion is in line with the thrust of the new Philippine Army Commanding General Major General Macairog Alberto of transforming the Army into a more agile, highly maneuverable, more effective force.

“Based with the past experiences in campaigns in Marawi, Zamboanga and other operations against various threat groups, it is but fitting to have a Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) from the Mechanized Infantry Division that could provide superior firepower, speed, shock action, and armor-protected maneuver unit which can operate in all types of environment,” MID said.

“This is an immediate contribution of Mech Div to the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the execution of ground operations against security threats to accelerate resolution of armed conflicts and findly adhere just and lasting peace,” it added.

MID also noted that it is capable of preparing non-traditional military role such as support to law enforcement and disaster response operations nationwide.