272 new soldiers to bring peace and development to Panay and Negros

Camp Peralta, Jamindan, Capiz –Two hundred seventy-two (272) new soldiers were enlisted into the ranks of the Army’s 3rd Infantry “Spearhead” Division during the graduation ceremony held here today December 4, 2014.

They are the members of the Candidate Soldiers “SUMIKLAB” (Sundalong Minimithi ay Kapayapaan, Lalaban para sa Bayan) Classes 352 and 353 – 2014 who will be deployed and bring peace and development to Panay and Negros Islands.

The newly enlisted soldiers have completed the six (6) month rigid Candidate Soldier Course (CSC) and Jungle Warfare Mountain Operation Course (JWMOC) training held at the Division Training School (DTS) in Camp General Macario Peralta Jr, Jamindan, Capiz.

Mark Joseph S Brillantes, a Registered Criminologist from Brgy Salcedo, Dumarao, Capiz received the Commander, 3rd Infantry Division Award for graduating Number 1 besting 136 others in Class 352 – 2014 with a General Point Average of 93.05% in all evaluated subjects both academic and non-academic in the said training.

While a native of Brgy Indorohan, Badiangan, Iloilo, Jose A Cambas, Jr graduated Number 1 besting 134 others in Class 353 – 2014, also received the Commander, 3rd Infantry Division Award who garnered a General Point Average of 92.83% in all evaluated subjects both academic and non-academic courses.

Major General Rey Leonardo Guerrero, Commander of the 3rd Infantry Division congratulated the Division Training School personnel who were responsible for the training of these new breed of soldiers who will later implement the 3ID campaign “Dagyaw Para sa Kalinaw” in Western Visayas.

MGen Guerrero expects that these new members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines are going to fulfil their mandate to serve the people and secure the communities guided by the Army Core Values of Honor, Patriotism and Duty.

Meanwhile, Honorable Victor Tanco, Sr, the Governor of Capiz graced the activity as the Guest of Honor and Speaker and also led the ceremonial entrustment of the firearms to the newly appointed Privates.

In his message, Governor Tanco said that the soldiers are not only protecting the nation from external and internal threats, but also from the threats of nature.

He urged the new soldiers to remain honorable and dependable as they face greater task ahead of them, that is to protect the lives of the people.

Governor Tanco also expressed his sincere appreciation to the efforts of the soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division during the humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations in the province of Capiz and the rest of Panay Island that was hard hit by super typhoon Yolanda by saying “That, I will never forget for the rest of my life”.

Tanco further reminded everyone to be prepared for the coming of another strong typhoon “Hagupit” as it enters today the Philippine area of responsibility.

Governor Tanco was joined by Honorable Ramona Palabrica-Go, Municipal Mayor of San Enrique Iloilo, Honorable Ethel Jinon, Municipal Mayor of Jamindan, Capiz and other local government officials as special guests who assisted in the ceremonial entrustment of the firearms.

The Chief of Staff, 3ID Awards went to Ariel Caraballe of Sagay City, Negros Occidental and Roldan Cadiente of Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental for Graduating Number 2 in Class 352 – 2014 and Class 353 – 2014 respectively.

Recipients of the Commandant, 3rd Division Training School Awards were Marjun V Lacse of Candoni, Negros Occidental and Rene C Lobaton of Cauayan, Negros Occidental for graduating Number 3 in Class 352 – 2014 and Class 353 – 2014 respectively.

For obtaining the highest rating in Physical Fitness Test throughout the duration of the training, the Physical Proficiency Awards went to Ryan R Rabanera of Alaminos, Pangasian for Class 352 – 2014 and Robert Gallaron of Janiuay, Iloilo for Class 353 – 2014.

Press Release by the 3ID, PA

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