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233 new privates strengthen the army in Eastern Visayas

Candidate Soldier Course Classes 552-2018

October 17, 2018

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – The Philippine Army Candidate Soldier Course Classes 552-2018 (Mandilaab) and 553-2018 (Matalahib) were formally closed today, October 17, 2018 at 10 A.M. at the 8ID Grandstand, Camp Lukban, Brgy. Maulong, Catbalogan City, Samar.

The closing ceremony was graced by a former Philippine Marine Officer himself, Dir. Henry Anthony M. Torres, Regional Director, Office of Civil Defense Regional Office VIII, Tacloban City as the Guest of Honor and Speaker who further led the ceremonial entrustment of firearms, distribution of certificates and awards of individual achievements. The entrustment of firearms to the 233 newly enlisted Privates symbolizes their responsibilities and commitment to the people and country.

Dir. Torres reminded the newly soldiers of 8ID to value their chosen career, and to put more emphasis in the execution of their duties with self-respect and decency in order to uphold the core values of the Philippine Army and the Armed Forces of the Philippines as a whole.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio AFP, Commander, 8ID in his inspirational message emphasized the importance of sacrifice in the military service.

“Sa mga nagsipagtapos ngayon, mahalin at alagaan ninyo ang propesyon na pinasok niyo. Sana naliwanagan kayo na ang trabaho natin ay higit pa sa ating mga sarili. Bilang mga bagong sundalo ng Republika ng Pilipinas, mas malalim na sakripisyo ang kinakailangan. Sakripisyo na mawalay sa inyong pamilya para sa mas maginhawang kinabukasan at ang mas higit pa ay ang sakripisyo para sa ating bayan. Lagi ninyong tatandaan, Bayan muna bago ang sarili,” he added.

Likewise, the 8ID commander lauded the Division Training School personnel who were responsible for the training of these new privates and thanked the families, relatives and friends for their support and trust to 8ID.