1st batch of civilian volunteers finish Basic Citizen Military Training in Sulu

By Julmunir I. Jannaral

LEI FOR THE COMMANDER: Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command receives a lei from a receptionist in Patikul, Sulu being the Guest of Honor in the graduation ceremony of 195 Basic Citizen Military Training (BCMT) graduates conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (WestMinCom Photo)

CAMP NAVARRO, Calarian, Zamboanga City

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) had made history with the graduation of 195 civilian volunteers as the first-ever to graduate with Basic Citizen Military Training (BCMT) held at the so-called ground zero in Barangay Taglibi in Patikul, Sulu on Saturday.

BCMT is an entry-level training course undertaken by Filipino citizens who intend to enlist in the reserve force of the AFP.

GUEST OF HONOR: Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., WestMinCom commander based in Zamboanga City delivers his speech before the 195 graduates of the Basic Citizen Military Training (BCMT) conducted by the AFP in Patikul, Sulu. (WestMinCom Photo)

The duties and responsibilities of the reservists are to assist in disaster relief and rescue operations, socio-economic development, and operations of critical utilities of affiliated reserve units; and as a base expansion of regular force in the event of war, rebellion, or natural emergencies.

A total of 195 civilian volunteers belonging to Class 01-2020 underwent the 45 days basic military training course conducted by the Philippine Army. The graduates will automatically be part of the proposed first Sulu Ready Reserve Battalion.

LGU POWER: Sulu Gov. Abdusakur M. Tan congratulates the 195 graduates of the Basic Citizen Military Training (BCMT) for having hurdled the 45 days military training. Gov. Tan praised the graduates for helping the local government units (LGUs) in attaining the elusive peace of the province. (Contributed Photo)

The commencement exercise was graced by no less than the Commander of the Western Mindanao Command, Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr.

In his message, Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. stated that this is a great move towards peace and progress in the province of Sulu.

CLASS 01-2020 1ST GRADUATES: A total of 195 civilian volunteers in Patikul, Sulu which is dubbed as the bastion of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorists have graduated from the 45 days military training course recently as graduates of Class 01-2020. Contributed Photo)

“I am elated with the hard work and dedication during the training. These exemplify your sincere commitment to serve and protect the people and our flag,” said Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr.

Vinluan acknowledged the training committee and other institutions who extended their support.

“Thank you for strengthening our capability to protect our country not only against the invaders and terrorists but also during the onslaught of natural and man-made calamities,” he said.

Also present during the activity were Joint Task Force Sulu Commander Maj. Gen. William Gonzales, Army Reserve Command Chief Maj. Gen. Peale Jon Bondoc, Patikul Mayor Kabir Hayudini, Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan, other military officers, and other stakeholders.

Maj. Gen. Bondoc expressed his gratitude to the local chief executives of Sulu for the support and trust that led to the success of the BCMT in Sulu.

He also expressed his admiration to the graduates for their determination to finish the training and officially become members of the reserve force.

Meanwhile, both Mayor Hayudini and Governor Tan extended their gratitude to the Armed Forces of the Philippines for persistently working with them for peace and prosperity in Sulu.

They also pledged to continuously support the armed forces in all their endeavors particularly in addressing the security concerns of the province. JIJ

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