CAMP EDILBERTO EVANGELISTA, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City (DWDD) – 115 candidate soldiers will be joining the noble profession of arms as they take their oath in the hallowed grounds of 4th Infantry Division as the AFP’s new set of promising peace advocates. The ceremony was held in Camp Edilberto Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City at 2:00pm today.
These 115 candidate soldiers are composed of 95 males and 20 females (5 Cebuanos and 15 Indigenous Peoples from the different tribal affiliations) whom had undergone series of stages of the selection process such as qualifying examinations that tested their mental and physical ability to prove their worth as finest from the poll of aspirants from Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions to join the Philippine Army.
After taking their oath, they will be undergoing the rigors of Basic Military Training at the 4th Division Training School in Malaybalay, Bukidnon for the 95 males and at the 6th Division Training School in Carmen North Cotabato for the 20 females to help them transform from their carefree civilian life to fine grown military men and women. Their training will be conducted in a six-month duration covering skills and knowledge not only in combat fighting but also in life-saving imperatives, disaster response operation, peacekeeping initiatives, Human Rights, Rule of Law, and Rules of Engagement.
MGen Ronald C Villanueva, 4ID Commander said during his speech “We congratulate each and every one of you for having been chosen from among the thousand aspiring candidate soldiers who have undergone series of tests and screenings for us to be able to choose the best and the brightest. This is the first step as you pursue your career in the Military service. It is expected of you to be developed during this training as the most reliable soldiers that could defend our people and their communities from any kinds of threats. Make good and have a positive mind set during your training.”
“To the parents and loved ones of these Candidate Soldiers, thank you for entrusting your sons and daughters to us. We commend you for raising such patriotic-minded individuals, who at their young age, have chosen to join this noble profession of arms. We will assure you that as they undergo this training, Safety, Morale and Welfare will be of utmost priority.” MGen Villanueva added.
these new breed of peace advocates will fill up the needed number of personnel due to the attrition such as optional and compulsory retirement, and other causes. They will also continue the efforts of their predecessor in devoting their lives in the pursuit for lasting peace. 4DPAO/MCAG