• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
A total of 191 neophyte Army soldiers are up for deployment to infantry units of the 3rd Infantry Division in Western and Central Visayas, following the completion of four months basic military training on September 26 at Camp Macario Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz.
Lt. Col. J Jay Javines, 3ID Civil Military Operations chief, disclosed that the new graduates underwent four months of training in combat skills enhancement, explosive ordnance reconnaissance, disaster response and rescue, water search and rescue, and air-to-ground operations.
Among the 191 new soldiers, 30 were from Negros Occidental, 68 from Iloilo, 40 from Capiz, six from Aklan, four from Antique, 32 from other parts of Visayas, eight from Luzon, and three others from Mindanao.
The new graduates are composed of 177 makes and 14 females.
Calinog town Mayor Francisco Calvo, assisted by Maj. Gen. Marion Sison, 3ID commander, led the ceremonial entrustment of firearms to the new Army Privates, with emphasis that guns are tools to perform the mandates of the AFP, which symbolizes their responsibility to protect the Filipino people.
In his speech, Mayor Calvo stressed that the firearms issued to neophyte Army soldiers will be used to protect the people.
Take good care of yourselves, pray before you move, and don’t forget the Lord for you to reach your retirement, the mayor further said.
Gen. Sison, who served as the keynote speaker of the activity, reminded them to never forget their military discipline, refrain from abusive behavior and any vices, as well as illegal drug use.
He encouraged them to be a role model to everyone.
After completing the Basic Military Training, the 191 new soldiers still have to undergo a 45-day Infantry Operations Course (INFOC) at the 3ID’s training school, before their distribution to various Army infantry units, Javines said.*