Personnel of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-3 bid residents of Sulu farewell during their send-off ceremony on June 22, 2019. The battalion will arrive in Palawan on June 30 to take over the responsibility of Marine Battalion Landing Team-12 in northern Palawan. (Photo courtesy of MBLT-3 facebook account)

The Philippine Marine Corps’ (PMC) Marine Battalion Landing Team-3 (MBLT-3) is scheduled to arrive on June 30 to take over the responsibility of internal security operations (ISO) in northern Palawan.

The battalion will take over the ISO from the outgoing MBLT-12 based in Brgy. Minara, Roxas municipality.

Captain Jordan Mijares, spokesperson of the 3rd Marine Brigade (3MBDe), said the MBLT-12, which was activated as a unit in Palawan in February 2010, will leave for its first re-training in Manila.

“Since na-activate sila dito noong February 2010, ito ang first time na magre-re-training sila — 10 years after,” Mijares said.

Captain John Malana, Civil Military Operations (CMO) officer of the MBLT-3, said their battalion is currently in the Western Mindanao Command for other tasks before proceeding to Palawan.

Malana said they are ready to take on the challenge in maintaining the peace and order in the province.

“Sa ngayon nasa WestMinCom sila bago sila bumiyahe papunta ng Palawan. MBLT-3 came from Sulu and we will continue the responsibility of MBLT-12, including civil military operation na ginagawa sa jurisdiction nila. Ang magiging kalaban namin dito ay NPA (New People’s Army), pero sa Sulu talaga mostly ay Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG),” he said.

Malana said MBLT-3 served the Sulu province for three years.

The unit is also one of the battalions deployed during the Zamboanga siege in 2013.

MBLT-12 served in southern Palawan from 2010 to the second quarter of 2017 before it transferred to Roxas municipality in northern Palawan.

On Saturday, personnel of the MBLT-3 will depart from Jolo, Sulu on board a naval ship that will sail to the province.

Mijares said MBLT-12 will undergo re-training in Manila to enhance their capability before their deployment in a new area of assignment.

He said that re-training is a usual routine of the PMC.

“Lahat ng battalion ay nagre-retraining para ma-reprovision. Ang mga personnel ng battalion ay mag-a-acquire sila ng bagong skills regarding sa core competency ng marines na war fighting bago mai-redeploy sa kanilang bagong unit assignment. Bago naman sila pumunta dito [ang MBLT-3] ay nakapag-training na sila sa mga ganitong uri ng kalaban. Ready na sila,” Mijares said.

Meanwhile, Malana said MBLT-7 will be deployed to Sulu to replace them.

Meanwhile, a send-off ceremony for MBLT-3 personnel was held on June 22 at Luuk Port, Brgy. Tanduh Bato, Luuk, Sulu.