CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Cam. Sur – Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado, who is the chairman of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) inspired some 348 fresh recruits of the 9th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, calling the new soldiers “the new hope of the nation” during his address as guest of honor during the closing rites of the Candidates Soldier Course, held in this camp during the weekend.
Tallado said “that soldiers in Bicol are willing to offer the ultimate sacrifice to help bring solutions to our nation’s problems and not becoming part of the problem.”
The governor also stressed that with the region enduring the effects of the climate change and natural calamities, “soldiers have been involved in non-traditional roles particularly in the relief operations and rescue of threatened Bicol communities.”
Major Gen. Ruperto Pabustan, commanding general of the Philippine Army’s 9th Infantry Division, bared that of the 348 soldiers who completed the training course, 264 or about 75 percent of the newly enlisted soldiers are Bicolanos, while the other recruits came from Northern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao regions.
Five percent of the new recruits are college graduates, 15 percent are under-graduates, and the bulk which consist of 49 percent are high school graduates, Pabustan said.
Recently, more than 5,000 soldiers also took the written examination. Some 50 percent passed the test on: Logical reasoning, basic English grammar and Arithmetic.
Pabustan said that after a 10-day administrative leave, the soldiers will be deployed to their respective brigades and battalions in the Bicol region. – SONNY SALES