3ID produces 221 new soldiers

CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz – A total of 221 new privates took their oath to serve the country in a graduation ceremony and ceremonial entrustment of firearms led by MAJOR GENERAL DINOH A DOLINA AFP, Commander 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division held at Headquarters, 3ID on November 12, 2018.

The newly enlisted soldiers of the Spearhead Division are members of the Candidate Soldier (CS) Classes 556 -2018 and 557-2018.

They successfully completed three months of rigid Candidate Soldier Course (CSC) and Jungle Warfare Mountain Operation Course (JWMOC) held at the 3rd Division Training School (3DTS).

Private Gideon Fusin (Inf) PA, a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology graduate from Barangay Cabugao, Calinog, Iloilo received the Commander, 3 rd Infantry Division Award for topping the 112-strong CS Class 556-2018 with a General Point Average (GPA) of 94.15% in all evaluated subjects which include academic and non-academic aspects of the training. Private Jenhrod Maceda (Inf) PA, a Bachelor of Arts in English graduate from Barangay Maralag, Mambusao, Capiz also received the same award for topping the 109-strong CS Class 557-2018 with a GPA of 94%.

The Chief of Staff, 3ID Awards are given to Private Rodel Almarines (Inf) PA of Barangay Janipa-an West, Mina, Iloilo; and Private John Dexter Panhilason (Inf) PA of Barangay Jaena Norte, Jamindan, Capiz for graduating Number 2 in Class 556-2018 and Class 557-2018 respectively.

Recipients of the Commandant, 3rd Division Training School Awards are Private Rene Medianero (Inf) PA of Barangay Linambasan; and Private Rey Victoriano (Inf) PA of Barangay San Vicente all of Jamindan, Capiz for graduating Number 3 in Class 556- 2018 and Class 557-2018 respectively.

For obtaining the highest rating in Physical Fitness Test throughout the duration of the training, the Commander’s Physical Proficiency Awards are given to Class 556- 2018 top graduate Private Gideon Fusin (Inf) PA and Class 557-2018 Number 3 graduate Private Rey Victoriano (Inf) PA.

MGen Dolina congratulated the families and loved ones of the graduates and also the training directorate for the job well done.

In his message, MGen Dolina reminded the newly enlisted soldiers to avoid anything that could discredit them as soldier and could taint their military organization as well.
“Your life as candidate soldiers had been confined within the training camp and training values. Now as real soldiers, you will be facing more complex environment and challenges. Ingatan niyo ang inyong sarili at ang inyong trabaho sa inyong pakikipagtunggali sa ating kalaban na maraming mukha at mga kasinungalingan, ang Teroristang-Komunistang NPA at mga kaalyadong organisasyon at personalidad na humahasik ng lagim sa mamamayan at bayan,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Hon Roberto O Palomar Municipal Mayor of Tapaz, Capiz graced the activity as the Guest of Honor and Speaker and also led the ceremonial entrustment of firearms to the new privates.

In his message, Mayor Palomar conveyed the significance of entrustment of firearms to the new soldiers by the civilian authority which symbolizes what the Constitution says that civilian authority is always supreme over the military. “I do hope that after the entrustment of the firearms, you will think that these are not weapons of war but rather, they are instruments for peace; that they are not made for killing people but rather, they are made for defending the lives; that firearms are not powerful but rather, what makes them powerful is you, all of you, the soldiers behind it who pull the trigger,” Palomar emphasized.

He reminded the new soldiers “Always remember your purpose of choosing to become a soldier. Whenever you are in a raging war, remember that you are advocates of peace. Do not ever lose your humanity in a gruesome battle. And most importantly, never lose hope in your noble acts because you are our only flaming hope in this country.” ###

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