Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City – A total of 234 strong youngsters who have undergone the rigid and vigorous Basic Military Training (BMT) and Jungle Warfare Mountain Operations Course (JWMOC) successfully graduated in today’s joint graduation ceremony held at 4th Division Training School, Camp Osito Bahian, Malaybalay City Bukidnon, Saturday, December 14, 2019.

The newly graduate Candidate Soldiers (CS) belong to the two batches of Candidate Soldier Course Class 608 and Class 609 of 2019 who have successfully undergone the 24 weeks training and passed the mandatory requirements for basic soldiery. Each class had a total of 117 members wherein 88% came from Regions 10 and Caraga and 12% came from Regions 1, 7, 8, 9, and 12.

Pvt Marvin T Banglid, 23yrs old, a Manobo from Brgy Kasapa-1, Loreto, Agusan del Norte said, “It is a dream come true sir, I am a former CAFGU for 5yrs and here I am now, a regular soldier in the Philippine Army. Despite of all the hardships, I never gave up because I want to inspire the youth in our tribe. I am very much thankful to the government for their services to my tribe. I will repay it through my whole-hearted and dedicated military service to the filipino people”.

Meanwhile, Datu Efren Empinado of Higaonon tribe from Brgy Banglay, Lagonglog, Misamis Oriental also expressed his happiness and appreciation. “My family and my tribe is very proud that my son was able to graduate and became a soldier. The effort of the government in reaching out to the indigenous people is very important. We are very happy and we promise to help the government build a peaceful and progressive community”, Empinado said.

The 4DTS under LtCol Allen Reymund C Tomas had properly trained and transformed the candidate soldiers into a competent and capable soldiers guided by the Army Core values that embraces the warrior ethos ready to serve and protect the people and the state.

MGen Franco Nemesio M Gacal, Commander 4ID said, “I would like to congratulate you all in this memorable day, as it marks the start of your military career. I want you to be prepared to assume different roles such as builders, peacemaker, farmer, teacher and more, because our modern role asks us to become reliable partners of the people in peace and development”.

“The government, Filipino people and your families expect a lot from you. Consider yourselves as instrument of change for the betterment of the communities in the region, never fail the people who have invested their trust in you. Let this serve as a reminder for you to find the courage and discipline to do what is right and just”, Gacal ended.

Moreover, 4ID observed that an increasing number of applicants wants to join the ranks of the noble profession of arms as evidenced by the numerous messages and inquiries in the 4th ID FB page regarding the schedules for the next batches of Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test (AFPSAT) here in Mindanao.