From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 4): Philippine Army to train 169 new recruits
More than 100 civilians will add on to the country’s regular force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Public Affairs Office head Ray Tiongson of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division disclosed that a total of 169 candidate soldiers have started last June 1 their training as part of their journey to become government soldiers.
The 169 candidate soldiers who will undergo the training are among the 969 applicants who intended to join the military service, he said.
He added that of the total candidates, 85 of whom came from Panay Island, 51 from Negros Island and the remaining 33 came from Luzon and Mindanao.
Tiongson said that the 169 passers of the medical, physical and mental examinations will undergo the 20-week military training that will test them physically and mentally.
“The 20-week training is composed of two phases, namely the Basic Military Training that will run for 13 weeks and phase II which will run for seven weeks will focus on Specialization Training,” he stressed.
He added that that the 3ID Training Unit, incharged of overseeing the training, will also give focus on the Internal Peace and Security Plan “Bayanihan”, Army Transformation Roadmap and indoctrination on Respect for Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law and the Rule of Law.
Tiongson said that while on training, the candidate soldiers will be entitled already to a monthly pay and allowances of P14,205.00 and initial clothing allowance composed mostly of uniforms, military equipment and gears.
On the other hand, 3ID Commanding General Jose Mabanta stressed to the candidate soldiers that self-discipline and aspiration are the key factors towards personal growth and development.
“Make the best of your training. Do not waste the great opportunities and chances that are given to you. We expect you to be better persons and become members of Team Spearhead at the end of this training,” Mabanta said.
He also emphasized the importance of learning to value the importance of cooperation and collaboration in attaining peace while maintaining and respecting the rights of others while on training.
After discussing the salient features of FAB and its benefits to the people in the proposed Bangsamoro Region by this writer, a very friendly and healthy Q and A portion of the forum that lasted two and a half hours followed.
This group of Born Again Christians who became interested to know the contents of the accord signed between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) last October 15, 2012 at Manila was headed by Pastor Fermencito Olivo (Host Pastor JCSCCI), Pastor Fronsisco L. Morgado (CIF) and Pastor Fernando Mahinay.
Just immediately after presenting and elaborating on the FAB, this writer answered accurately all their doubts and concerns, either of their becoming a minority in the envisioned Bangsamoro as well as their religion. It was explained to them that in Islam there is no compulsion and that they will enjoy equal protection in the future Bangsamoro Government. The same opportunity in development and economic advancement will also be enjoyed by them under the FAB.
A clear manifestation is the inclusion of 50 slots for college scholarship to Christian incoming first year students in the Sajahatra Bangsamoro, a development initiative launched by President Benigno Aquino III at BLMI Compound, Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao last February 11, 2013. The indigenous people were also awarded 50 slots without for asking it. This dividend of peace occurred under the leadership of Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim of the MILF which is now a partner of the GPH in peace and socio-economic development in Mindanao.
After clarifying many of their worries and concerns they realized that most of what they knew and learned was misleading and very far from the contents of the FAB. Very satisfied, they expressed support to the peace process and urged both peace panels to fast tract the completion of the remaining annexes and sign a comprehensive peace pact.
The successful event was realized through the efforts of Mr. Tomatic of Polloc, Parang, Maguindanao who endeavored to organize and facilitate the activity that lasted until 4:05 in the afternoon on Saturday, June 1.