CAMP SANG-ANG, Labangan, ZDS – Six hundred forty-nine newly ranked Privates of the 1st and 11th Infantry Divisions, and 55th Engineering Brigade are now ready to serve the country after the Closing and Entrustment of Firearms ceremony held here today, October 23, 2019.
Candidate Soldier Course classes 592, 593 and 594 belongs to the 1ID; classes 595 and 596 to the 11ID, based in province of Sulu; while twenty-five soldiers incorporated into the five classes, belongs to the 55th EBde, based in Iligan City.
Among the invited guests were Hon. Abdusakur M Tan, Governor of Sulu and Hon. Victor J Yu, Governor of Zamboanga del Sur who co-led the Ceremonial Entrustment of Firearms.
The ceremony which was steered by a civilian stakeholders symbolized that the people bestow their trust and confidence to the new soldiers to carry firearms as tool to perform their mandate in serving the people and securing the land.
According to Tan, the ceremony is an acknowledgement that peace cannot be achieve by a single organization or branch of the government, the Army also needs the civilians and government agencies/units to accomplish the endeavour.
During his speech, Yu emphasized the importance of the newly entrusted firearms to the soldiers and how great is their responsibility to protect the constituents and the country.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto T Ancan, Commander of 1ID, thanked the Division Training School personnel who exerted efforts and took part in influencing and shaping the trainees into a competent, capable and equipped soldiers.
Ancan also recognized the parents for being the inspiration to the soldiers and for their continued trust and support of the Philippine Army.
He also remind them that the Privates are now transformed with an ideals of honor, commitment and service before self.
“To the Privates, do well in your job, be passionate and dedicated in performing your duties and responsibilities. Apply what you have learned during your training and uphold the virtues of a true soldier”, said Ancan.
The Privates will still undergo a mandatory Infantry Operations Course prior deployment to the field to further equip them with knowledge and skills of an Infantryman and train them to adapt with the challenging operational environment in Mindanao.
MARAWI HEROES WIVES
Included in the graduates of the classes were the three widows of Marawi heroes, who fought during the Marawi Siege in May 2017.
The three were Private Grace P. Allaga, wife of late Corporal Ardnie R. Allaga, assigned with 10IB; Private Merzie G. Rogador, wife of late Private First Class Eldon C. Rogador, assigned with 51IB; and Private Christine Mary E. Montero, wife of late Corporal Marjone G. Montero, assigned with 51IB.
Rogadors husband was cousin of Late Private First Class Bayot, the one who called for artillery fires in his location. Both of them were at the same team and died during that incident. While Montero’s husband died during Father’s day.
Allaga’s husband died on August 2017, when the troops in Marawi were gaining grounds, and captured the strategic locations of the Maute Terrorist group.
By the virtue of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the three voluntarily joined the ranks thru special enlistment.