Army allots training quota for IPs

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THE Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (ID) on Wednesday said it allocated a 10 percent quota for indigenous peoples (IPs) in succeeding trainings of the 3rd Division Training Unit (3DTU).

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Maj. Gen. Harold Cabreros, 3rd ID commander, said he had set the quota for the IPs for the next cycles of Candidate Soldier Course (CSC) to address the concern of the tribal groups.

The move, Cabreros added, is in response to Resolution 2016-006 of the Office of the Panay Indigenous Peoples’ Organization (PIPOL) requesting a quota for the Ips, particularly Panay Bukidnon and Ati, in the Army.
The resolution was adopted on June 18, 2016.

Cabreros pointed out that the indigenous people’s are more than welcome to be part of the Philippine Army.
Capt. Gizelle Lim, 3rd ID spokesman, said interested applicants must have at least 72 units in college and must be 18 to 26 years old.

If the applicants are high school graduates, they must possess certified skills needed in the military service, be at least 5-feet in height, be physically and mentally fit and not have any pending case in any court.

The applicants must bring valid identification card, original transcript of records and diploma, birth certificate from the National Statistics Office, pencil and long folder.

“For interested applicants who want to dedicate their lives to serving the people and securing the land, there will be an examination called the Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test (AFPSAT) on August 27, 8 a.m., at the 605th Community Defense Center, RCDG [Regional Community Defense Group], Panaad Complex, Bacolod City [Negros Occidental],” Lim said.

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