By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL, Managing Editor
CAMP NAVARRO, Calarian, Zamboanga City: The commander of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) who is himself an alumnus of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) recently advised the incoming PMA cadets to love their service once they have graduated from the premier military school and have joined the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, welcomed the men and women to the WestMinCom headquarters here in this camp composed of the incoming cadets of PMA Class 2024.
In his advice, Lt. Gen. Sobejana told the incoming PMA cadets who are scheduled to depart to Camp Fort del Pilar in Baguio City to love their military career with utmost dedication as they joined any of the branches of the AFP like the Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force, and Philippine Navy.
“Loving your service is one of the best motivation,” Lt. Gen. Sobejana stressed.
The incoming PMA cadets composed of men and women from nearby provinces in Mindanao arrived at the WestMinCom for the conduct of mandatory 7-days quarantine in Zamboanga City.
Major Arvin Encinas, spokesman of WestMinCom on Wednesday told Philippine Muslim Today that the command was tasked to ensure the successful implementation of the general guidelines on COVID-19 that are aligned with the Department of Health (DoH) protocol such as the conduct of Reverse Transcription- Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing and mandatory quarantine prior to the travel of the incoming cadets to Baguio City.
Encinas said all incoming cadets of PMA Class 2024 were directed to report to the Unified Command headquarters nearest their respective residences since May 31 and will observe seven days quarantine which ended last June 7.
The WestMinCom spokesman emphasized that only those who will be tested negative for the corona virus RT-PCR swabbing will be allowed to travel while those who will test positive will remain under quarantine and other related protocols.
He said testing was facilitated by personnel of Camp Navarro General Hospital with the help of DoH Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit in Region IX (RESU IX).
Encinas said there is a total of 25 incoming cadets, composed of 23 males and 2 females, who reported to the WestMinCom, and paid a courtesy call to Lt. Gen. Sobejana, and had their rapid tests in the morning of last June 1.
During his talk to the aspiring military officers, Lt. Gen. Sobejana said, “I hope that by 2024 all of you who are gathered here today will successfully graduate from the academy and form part of the AFP.”
“For you to survive, always believe you can and always maintain a positive mental attitude,” Sobejana who is a Medal of Valor Awardee and considered by the entire AFP as “the living hero” added.
“Loving your service is one of the best motivation. Love yourself being a cadet. The more you love it, the more you survive,” Sobejana concluded.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines suspended all classes and training activities last March 17, 2020 in compliance to the national government’s effort to contain and prevent the spread of the corona virus disease.
With the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine, the AFP resumed some ongoing and incoming programmed courses within the AFP while the conduct of training exercises both local and abroad are still suspended.