Edwin Marino C. Ongchuan during the Ceremonial Entrustment
of Firearms to the Philippine Army Candidate Soldier Course
Class 511-2017 at the 8ID Grandstand, Camp Lukban,
Catbalogan City on March 24, 2018.
enlisted privates strengthens army in Eastern Visayas
DPAO, 8ID PA
March 25, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The Philippine Army Candidate Soldier Course Class
511-2017 was formally closed on March 24, 2018 at 10 o’clock in the
morning at the 8ID Grandstand, Camp Lukban, Brgy. Maulong,
Catbalogan City, Samar.
The closing ceremony was
graced by Hon. Edwin Marino C. Ongchuan, Representative, 2nd
Congressional District of Northern Samar as the Guest of Honor and
Speaker who further led the ceremonial entrustment of firearms,
distribution of certificates and individual achievements. The
entrustment of firearms to the 235 newly enlisted privates
symbolizes their responsibilities and commitment to the people and
Hon. Ongchuan emphasized
during his inspirational message their duty as public servants of
the country. “As new soldiers, you should always remember the law
for the benefit of the country. You have undergone rigid training,
and some bad make did not survive, but you are in today feeling
victorious because after all the hardship you gained confidence. So
my dear graduates, let us be full upright in performing our duties
with dignity and honor, let us avoid getting involved in any
wrongdoing that will tarnish you being a soldier and servant of the
Republic of the Philippines,” Hon. Ongchuan said.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Raul
M. Farnacio AFP, Commander, 8ID reminded the new soldiers of 8ID the
value of sacrifice. “Natutunan niyo noong kayo ay nag-aaply at
nagsasanay pa lamang na sakripisyo ang kailangan para maging sundalo.
Sakripisyo na mawalay sa inyong pamilya para sa mas maginhawang
kinabukasan. At sa mga susunod na araw bilang mga bagong sundalo ng
Republika ng Pilipinas, mas mararamdaman niyo na para magtagal at
magtagumpay sa propesyon na ito ay kailangan pa ng mas malalim na
sakripisyo. Ito ang sakripisyo para sa ating bayan,” he said.
The youngest members of
the Stormtroopers Division will join the fight against insurgency,
illegal drugs, private armed group, and terrorism.