Philippine Army to recruit more soldiers this year

Robie de Guzman   •   October 16, 2019   •   299

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Army is eyeing to recruit more soldiers this year amid the intensified campaign of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to end local armed conflict and terrorism.

The Philippine Army said it will recruit additional members to augment troops and help meet the government’s deadline to end terrorism and expand its nation-building efforts.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered the military to eradicate terrorism and insurgency in the country before his term ends in 2022.

The recruitment also aims to further strengthen the Army force against internal and external threats while promoting nationalism among the Filipinos.

“Anyone who wants to serve our people is welcome to join as long as the Philippine Army’s qualifications are met. Qualified applicants will receive the same benefits during training and when they become part of the regular force,” Army Spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said in a statement.

The minimum requirement for a candidate soldier is that he or she must be 18 to 30 years old, a natural-born Filipino citizen, single, without a child, and is 5 feet to 6 feet and 4 inches tall.

An aspiring applicant must also pass the Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test, Physical and Medical Examinations, and Physical Fitness Test.

Interested applicants may visit the Army recruitment centers in Cagayan de Oro City, Cebu City, and Taguig City.

Applicants may also visit the nearest Army base in their localities for inquiries.

Zagala said the newly opened slots are allotted for both aspiring officers and enlisted personnel. The number of additional personnel to be recruited is on top of the 5,300 quota announced this year.

“We call on the best and the brightest to take this opportunity to be part of our nation-building efforts by serving the people and securing the land,” added Zagala.

Visit this link for more information on Army Recruitment centers.

500 more housing units for Scout Rangers to be completed before year-end – PH Army

Robie de Guzman   •   November 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Army is eyeing to finish before the year ends the additional housing units and facilities for the members of the First Scout ranger regiment and their dependents at Camp Tecson in San Miguel, Bulacan.

In a statement, the army said the second batch of 500 houses for Scout Ranger troops aims to improve their standard living.

On the other hand, the 14-feet training pool is envisioned to enhance the warfighting capabilities of the Rangers as well as provide a recreation area for the troops.

The project is in partnership with the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto and HUDCC Chairperson Sec. Eduardo D. Del Rosario led the groundbreaking ceremony for the project last Nov. 15.

“These events certainly reflect positive changes throughout the organization, not only to the quality of professionalization of our ranks but also to the standards of living for our soldiers,” Alberto said.

In December 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte awarded the first batch of 500 units which now houses the Scout Rangers and their families.

“These new facilities will greatly boost the morale of not just our uniformed personnel but also their families. We look forward to more collaborative ventures and continuous partnership between the PA and HUDCC for the continuous development of our Armed Forces,” Alberto said.

PH Army donation to buy lot, build homes for Mindanao quake victims

Robie de Guzman   •   November 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Army’s fund donation, which was collected from portions of its personnel’s November meal allowances, will be used to buy land where temporary homes will be built for victims of earthquakes in Mindanao.

Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto on Thursday led the turnover of the donated funds, amounting to P9.2 million, to 10th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Jose Faustino, Jr. and Disaster Response Task Force Commander Brig. Gen. Rodolfo Lavadia Jr.

Alberto said the fund will be allotted to purchase an estimated 4.9 hectares of land and materials for the construction of Kobe-type houses.

Each house will cost around P50,000 and can accommodate seven persons.

Soldiers from the 534th Engineer Construction Battalion have built a prototype of the said temporary shelter, he added.

The Philippine Army’s initiative aims to provide support to internally displaced individuals currently staying in evacuation centers, which are mostly schools.

“In these trying times, we are in solidarity with the people of Mindanao. The funds donated will be used to purchase a lot and build one hundred homes where the evacuees can transfer to so that the children can use the schools,” Alberto said in a statement.

He further stated that around 60 percent of houses in Makilala, North Cotabato were destroyed due to earthquakes that struck in October.

Eight out of 38 barangays of the municipality were also declared as “no-build zones” and was recommended by the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (PhilVocS) and the Mines Geosciences Bureau (MGB) as uninhabitable while aftershocks are still recurring.

“Through our donations, we hope that these will somehow uplift the morale of the people. We urge everyone to extend whatever assistance they can in keeping with the Filipino ‘Bayanihan’ spirit,” Alberto said.

PH Army to donate part of November meal allowance to Mindanao quake victims

Robie de Guzman   •   November 6, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Army personnel will donate part of their meal allowance for the month of November to aid victims of recent earthquakes in Mindanao, its spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Philippine Army spokesperson Col. Patricio Ruben Amata said the initiative is an addition to their ongoing humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations in the province of Cotabato and other areas affected by the strong quakes.

Every donation, he said, will be deducted from each Army personnel’s subsistence allowance for the month of November, which is equivalent to two meals.

Other contributions will also be accepted either in cash or in kind.

“The donations will be allocated to aid the individuals and families affected by the disaster. This command initiative is just a part of our response to our mandate to serve the Filipino people and we eagerly encourage everyone to volunteer or extend support to help our fellow Filipinos in need,” Amata said.

The Army official said that after conducting rescue and evacuation operations, Army troopers also worked together with government units and other stakeholders to provide the residents with temporary shelters and relief goods.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council reports a total of 23 deaths, 618 individuals injured, and two missing cases after the three earthquakes struck regions 11 and 12.

The disaster also left around 30,000 people displaced from their homes.

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