CAMP CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal, July 1 - Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. of the
University of the Philippines Los Banos commended the soldiers of the 2nd Infantry
Division for their readiness in times of crisis.
In a speech given in the graduation ceremony of 179 new soldiers here on June 29,
Monday, Dr. Sanchez expressed his gratitude to the soldiers who were "instrumental in
our effort to reunite our stranded students with their families when ECQ was
implemented to contain the spread of Covid-19."
He highlighted in his speech the parallelism in the missions of UPLB and the Philippine
Army and emphasized that "the loyalty of the soldiers must be to the people whose
safety and interest we are both mandated to uphold."
He addressed the new soldiers by saying that "as new soldiers of the nation, you
represent the next generation of the Army as an institution, which is an important pillar
in safeguarding democracy in the Philippines" while urging them to "study and engage
with the complex and interrelated issues of Philippine society."
He ended his statement by expressing his confidence that "your training has well-equipped you with the knowledge and skills that you need to perform your duties with
honor, excellence and compassion."
The activity's highlight was the "Symbolic Entrustment of Firearms" which, according to
the military, signifies the people's trust to the soldiers' readiness and ability to
accomplish their mission to serve the people and secure the Filipinos' homeland.
Lieutenant Colonel Jose DR Del Rosario, Commandant of the 2nd Division Training
School, said that the training went as scheduled despite the pandemic "because we
cannot afford to put the security of our people on hold" while explaining that
"adjustments and innovations were introduced to make sure that the school complied
with health protocols without sacrificing the quality of our new soldiers."
"After 18 weeks, 179 men emerged from the 190 boys who volunteered to serve our
country and people through the noble profession of arms" ended Lt Col Del Rosario who
added that "this batch received an excellent rating of 95% from the Philippine Army's
Quality Assurance Team which evaluated their core competencies of marksmanship
and land navigation."
It can be recalled that 2DTS has been recognized as the best Army training school
across the country in 2019.
Major General Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr, Commander of the Philippine Army's 2nd
Infantry Division which covers Southern Tagalog, commended the training committee
for the "excellent job that you have done in transforming these privates to the responsible soldiers that they are today from the happy-go-lucky teenagers that they
were when they reported for duty on Feb 25."
According to him, the advent of Covid-19 allowed them to develop a new breed of
soldiers who are "more exposed, aware and in touch with the realities of the world
outside the confines of their training grounds since they were not only trained on basic
military knowledge but, also, they had the privilege of having an up-close and personal
training as well as practical exercises on the values of compassion and selflessness
after they were tasked to manufacture thousands of face masks for our medical
Despite the restrictions brought about by the pandemic, Maj Gen Burgos assured the
public that "these 179 young, proud and dashing privates in front of us have been
trained in accordance to the finest traditions of Filipino soldiery and have been equipped
with the wits, skills and valor of a true Jungle Fighter and are now ready to live up to the
2nd Infantry Division's mandate as advocates of peace, servants of the people and
defenders of Southern Tagalog."
Addressing the new soldiers and their relatives, Maj Gen Burgos said that despite the
risks of military service, they should be "comforted with the fact that they are putting
their lives on the line for the most noble of causes, they are putting their lives on the line
beside the best brothers-in-arms that they could ever have, and that they are putting
their lives on the line so that our beloved country and people may continue to praise our
God under the Filipinos' flag which will eternally fly high over every inch of Philippine
He ended his statement by thanking Chancellor Sanchez "for sharing some of your very
precious time with us which shall serve as an inspiration for each and every soldier to
remain steadfast in fulfilling our mission regardless of the challenges, despite the risks
and whatever the consequences" while assuring him that "your soldiers will always be
your partners in developing and protecting our country's youth upon whose shoulders
our nation's future depend."
The new soldiers will be deployed with 2ID frontline units and will see action across
CALABARZON, MIMARO Provinces, Davao, Zamboanga, Basilan and Sulu. (2ID PAO)