Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Army undergoes 13-year character enhancement program

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 8): Army undergoes 13-year character enhancement program

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City -- About 100 army personnel underwent the first of the eight module enhancement classes at the army headquarters here, an army officer said Wednesday.

Col. Andres Bonifacio Belleza, Office of the Army Chief Chaplain Service (OACCS) chief, said that the character enhancement class has eight modules, which is scheduled for completion in 2028.

Maj. Christian Uy, 4ID spokesperson, said that the first activity that focuses on character development of each soldier started Monday.

He said that day-long class discussed, particularly in balancing all aspects of life, especially on duty to God, Country, Service and Family.

Uy said that the Office of the OACCS conducts the character enhancement class participated by all major units of the Philippine Army under the 4ID.

The first module of the character enhancement workshop discusses the subject about becoming the “Heroes for God and Country,” Uy said.

He said that the 13-year character enhancement program is in line with the “Army Transformation Roadmap’s Base camps.”

Topics discussed during the first day class were Roadblocks to Greatness; Defending our Families, Building our Homes; and Forgiveness-a key to Success and Victory.

The seminar also included a workshop and sharing of successful and inspirational life stories, Uy said.

“I hope that this activity will help our soldiers to give premium on having a happy, wealthy, and healthy family while putting God at the center of everything. These will greatly improve the performance and service of every soldier,” Belleza said.

Maj. Gen Oscar T. Lactao, 4ID commander, has expressed the confidence that the classes will mold a God-fearing, family-oriented soldiers, and a true servant of God, country and the people.

The character enhancement program is a milestone in the quest towards our vision to have a world-class Army that is a source of national pride, Lactao said.

He said that the division will cascade the same training down to the army Brigades and army Battalions levels.

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