From the Philippine Information Agency (Jul 14): 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division to enlist 350 IPs
The 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army announces the opening of Candidate Soldier Course that seeks to enlist 350 Indigenous Peoples (IPs) to be integrated in the regular force of the Philippine Army.
Lt. General Glorioso V. Miranda, commanding general of the Philippine Army has approved the recruitment of 1,000 IPs all over Mindanao. Out of the 1,000 Candidate Soldier quota for IPs this year, 1ID was allocated with 350 slots.
BGen. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, commander of the 1ID, PA, said the initiative of integrating IPs in the regular force is to allow their communities to completely eliminate the influence of the CPP/NPA/NDF and other threat groups that keep on tarnishing the image of the military.
The basic requirements to enlist in the service are as follows: (1) must be 18 to 35 years old; (2) five feet and above in height; (3) Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)-authenticated birth certificate with Official Receipt (OR); (4) parents’ marriage contract with OR; (5) Form 137, Transcript of Records, Diploma with dry seal (high school and college); (6) two 2×2 pictures with name tag; (7) valid identification cards; and (8) must attain an AFP Service Aptitude Test (AFPSAT) score of at least 45.
Applicants must also have a certificate from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) for admission. Interested and qualified applicants can register at the following locations: (1) Gate 2, 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, PA, Kuta Major Cesar L Sang-an, Upper Pulacan, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur; and (2) 102nd Infantry Brigade, Sanito, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay Province.