CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) awarded a total of P600,000.00 worth of cheques to 12 cadets of the Advance Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) in a ceremony held at the Hall of Flags, General Headquarters Building, Thursday, 12 January 2017.
“The recipients who come from different areas in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR each received a cheque worth P50,000.00. This is part of the scholarship incentives being granted to deserving cadets undergoing Advance ROTC program nationwide,” AFP Public Affairs Chief Marine Colonel Edgard A Arevalo disclosed.
Lieutenant General Salvador Melchor B Mison Jr, the newly-appointed Vice Chief of Staff, AFP attended the ceremony to personally hand the cheques to the ROTC cadets. His position as the Deputy Chief of Staff, AFP was assumed by RAdm Narciso A Vingson Jr, former Inspector General of the AFP.
Reserve Command Selection Boards of the Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force, and Philippine Navy pre-selected and endorsed the names of the scholarship grantees. These recommendations were subsequently reviewed and validated by the GHQ Review and Validation Board.
The awardees recommended by Philippine Army were C/Cpt Edison S Aban, C/LtC Naomilyn C Fernandez, C/1Lt Nikko A Montealegre, and C/Cpt Kassandra Marie A Custodio. The Philippine Air Force endorsed C/LtC Paul Aldrenn D Torralba, C/LtC Bernadette Grace B Magbanua, C/Cpt Jonabel N Grande, and C/Cpt Aices Zieh Ghierl Canla-on. The Philippine Navy on the other hand recommended M/Cdr Joseph A Lopez, C/Ltc Sheila Mae N Bajan, C/Maj Rodeth S Montañez, and C/Maj Ronnel B Carullo.
The AFP has been awarding scholarship assistance to outstanding Advance ROTC Cadets since 2006 through the Chief of Staff, AFP Scholarship Grant. The program is being managed by the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Reservist and Retiree Affairs, OJ9.
“The AFP continuously motivates and recruits the best qualified and responsible students to join the ROTC Corps of Cadets. We hope that through the assistance that we are providing, more ROTC cadets will eventually enter the regular service and become commissioned officers of the AFP,” said General Eduardo M Año, AFP Chief of Staff.
“The AFP firmly believes that ROTC Program is essential in instilling discipline and leadership among the youth. It also develops their sense of nationalism and patriotism that inspires them to render services to the nation and the people, especially in humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations,” General Año added.