SIXTY-seven officers are expected to beef up the Philippine Army’s personnel and operational capabilities with their graduation from the Officer Preparatory Course (OPC) “Kapyanan” Class 65-2015.
The officers, 18 of them female, have successfully completed six months of rigid military training at the Officer Candidate School, Training and Doctrine Command, Philippine Army in Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac.
Col. Benjamin Hao, Army spokesman, said more or less 40 percent of the graduates are former enlisted personnel of the Army, while the rest are professionals in agriculture and forestry, criminology, business administration, engineering, information technology and education.
One of the graduates is a former Police Officer 1 of the Philippine National Police.
Held at the Philippine Army Officers Clubhouse in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City (Metro Manila) on Thursday, the graduation was graced by Lt. Gen. Eduardo Ano, Army commander.
Topping the class was 2nd Lt. Allan M. Due, while 2nd Lt. Mark Anthony Pantaleon and 2nd Lt. Romeo Marayad, placed second and third, respectively.
Recipient of the Physical Fitness Award was 2nd Lt. Rhean Jelly Sanchez.
In his speech, Ano encouraged the new lieutenants to harness the knowledge, skills, experience and wisdom that they have acquired in the training.
“Your new responsibility demands your strength, commitment to service and readiness to sacrifice oneself in the fulfillment of your duty. As platoon leaders, in your hands lie the responsibility not only of leading our troops in the accomplishment of your missions but also of taking an active role in bringing the Philippine Army closer to its vision of becoming a world-class Army that is a source of national pride,” he said.