October 22, 2021, Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Jolo, Sulu – With AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Reservist and Retiree Affairs Major General Eugenio V Hernandez as a guest of honor and speaker, Basic Citizen Military Training Class 03-2021 officially concluded at the headquarters of 4th Marine Brigade (4MBde) in Luuk, Sulu last Sunday.
“I am grateful to have marine comrades in Sulu and I am confident that you are ready to step up and commit more in the spirit of serving your community,” Major General Hernandez addressed the new graduates who all hailed from the second district of Sulu.
The 27-day training was comprised of basic military training which includes map reading, field training exercise, firearms proficiency and other basic military skills.
According to Joint Task Force – Sulu and 11th Infantry Division Commander Major General William N Gonzales, the recent influx of Tausugs volunteering to be reservists is a clear testament of the strong bond amongst the military, local government units and the citizens of the province.
Per official records, there are now 271 of reservists in the whole province, 215 from the army, and 56 members of newly graduated marines. The army reservists, most of which from Jolo and Patikul, have served during civic action activities such as feeding programs, bloodletting, and operation linis in preparation to the return of IDPs in connection with the Balik Barangay Program. They participated in disaster risk reduction and management training.
Earlier that day, Major General Hernandez met with Major General Gonzales to discuss how can they maximize the recruitment and the role reservists play in the island province. The former also attended the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Summit wherein advocacy on preventing and countering violent extremism was one of the highlights.