CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – Two hundred twenty (220) young aspirants took their oath as Candidate Soldiers before MGEN WILBUR C MAMAWAG, Commander, 4ID on June 16, 2022 at 4ID Gym, Camp Evangelista, Brgy. Patag, CDO.
The new recruits (190 males and 30 females), 11 of which are CAFGU members while 31 come from the Indigenous People (IP) communities, were selected from almost two (2) thousand applicants who underwent a month-long screening process. They will compose the Candidate Soldier Course Class of 726 and 727 to undergo a 6-month Basic Military Training at Mindanao Army Training Group (MATG), Camp Kibaritan, Kalilangan, Bukidnon.
One of the trainees, Mary Grace Opitan, an IP from Lanuza, Surigao del Sur, says that joining the Army has been a life-long dream and hopes that this would pave the way for a better life for her family and tribe. Her tribe, Manobo, has always been subjected to exploitation, illegal recruitment, and abuse by the communist terrorist group (CTG).
In his message, MGEN MAMAWAG stated that the ceremony signals the start of the new life of these young individuals who accepted the challenge of joining the profession of arms in order to serve the country and the Filipino people.
“I’m sure will always remember this day for the rest of your life. You are no longer carefree civilians. You will be trained to become responsible defenders of our freedom and democracy.” he added.