CAMP CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal – A lawmaker expressed her appreciation to soldiers in a speech delivered before the 2nd Infantry Division’s 229 new privates and their families during the Closing Ceremony of the Army’s Candidate Soldier Course here on Friday.
Congresswoman Josephine Y. Ramirez Sato, Representative of the Lone District of Occidental Mindoro, thanked the men and women in uniform “for going to places where others dare not go and for instilling courage and pride upon the hearts and minds of the people by committing to fight and offering your lives to protect the sanctity of our national sovereignty and every inch of Philippine territory.”
She ended her remarks by commending “the soldiers’ transformation to becoming heroes of the modern time while continuously setting an example that inspired others to become heroes themselves.”
The activity’s highlight was the “Symbolic Entrustment of Firearms” which signifies every soldier’s responsibilities and readiness as they accomplish their mandate to serve the people and secure the Filipinos’ homeland.
According to Lieutenant Colonel John Jadloc, Commandant of the 2nd Division Training School (2DTS), the graduates “were taught with the basic knowledge and skills of soldiery and developed their character thereby making them ready to assume the role of being advocates of peace, servants of the people and defenders of Southern Tagalog.”
He added that the 229 privates earned an excellent rating of 92% after an evaluation conducted by the Headquarters Philippine Army focused on every soldier’s core competencies of marksmanship and navigation.
2DTS is also rated as the top training school across the entire Philippine Army.
Brigadier General Arnulfo Marcelo B Burgos Jr, Commander of 2ID, congratulated the 2DTS’ training committee for successfully “re-orienting the happy-go-lucky teenage mentality of our soldier applicants to the matured and disciplined military way of life“ as he urged the new privates “to maintain the highest standards of soldiery as you dedicate your lives to serve our God, flag, country and people.”
BGen Burgos added that the new privates will be a “welcome addition to our frontline units as we go all out for the government’s final push to finally put an end to the NPA terrorists’ insurgency.”
He reminded everyone that “today is the best time to become soldiers because aside from having a very supportive President and elected officials, we enjoy our people’s trust, confidence and support like never before.”
Soldiers’ salaries and benefits, currently at a record high, is also one of the highest and most stable across the bureaucracy.
The new soldiers will be deployed with 2ID frontline units and will see action across CALABARZON, MIMARO Provinces, Davao, Zamboanga, Basilan and Sulu.
They are also trained and expected to perform non-traditional military roles such as humanitarian assistance and disaster response in times of crisis and calamities as well as community based programs and activities.