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UPLB Chancellor commends soldiers for responding during crisis

Philippine Information Agency
01 Jul 2020, 18:38 GMT+10

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

frontliners."

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

territory."

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)

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