ZAMBOANGA CITY: A total of 143 army recruits finished the rigid training given by the Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry Division in Labangan town, Zamboanga del Sur province.
The new soldiers, whose ages ranged from 21 to 26, came from different provinces in Mindanao and have passed the rigid and meticulous screening and processing standard set by the Philippine Army, including the Jungle Warfare and Mountain Operations Course.
Capt. Franco Suelto, Philippine Army spokesman, said the graduates are now enlisted as Privates and will be deployed to the different units of the 1st Infantry Division to help maintain peace and security in western Mindanao.
The enlisted men belong to the “Matalim” (Mandirigmang Ta-gapagligtas na Laging Iniisip ang Kapakanan ng Mamamayan) Class 348–2014.
Topping the batch is Private Rogen Peregrino, a vocational IT graduate from Mahayag, Zam-boanga del Sur and the son of a hollow block maker and a housewife. He received an award for graduating Number 1.
Brigadier General Gerardo Barrientos, Jr., commander of the 1st Infantry Division welcomed the new soldiers and congratulated the 1st Division Training School (1DTS), which is responsible for the training of the soldiers.
“Isang malaking responsibilidad ang kabalikat ng inyong pagtatapos ng training na ito. Mahalaga ang inyong katungkulan at ang pagsapi nyo sa organisasyon (Armed Forces of the Philippines) ay isang opportunity para magserbisyo sa ating bansa. Malaki ang inyong mai-aambag sa pag-accomplish ng misyon ng AFP sa kapayapaan at kaunlaran [Your graduation comes with great responsibility. Your post and your joining the organization is an opportunity to serve our country. You can contribute significantly to the accomplishment of the AFP mission for peace and prosperity]” he said.