151 new ‘Matikas’
privates reinforce E. Visayas
DPAO, 8ID PA
August 4, 2020
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine
Army produced another 151 new soldiers during the closing ceremony
of Candidate Soldier Course ‘Matikas’ Class 633-2020 at the 8ID
Grandstand on August 4, 2020.
The ceremony was graced by
Lord Byron P. Torrecacion, Regional Director, Office of the Civil
Defense, Regional Office VIII, as the Guest of Honor and Speaker who
also led the ceremonial entrustment of firearms together with senior
military officers and partner stakeholders.
Out of the 190 original
strength of the class, only 151 successfully hurdled the six months
Graduating from the course
is not a piece of cake as new soldiers were properly nurtured with
the basic skills and knowledge of soldiery in order to develop their
character worthy to become members of the Armed Forces.
Among them, 102 were from
Samar, 37 from Leyte, six from Mindanao, two from Luzon, two from
Cebu, one from Iloilo, and one from Negros Occidental. Sixty of them
were college graduates, 40 were college undergraduates and 51 were
high school graduates with skills training from Technical Education
and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
The newly enlisted
privates will provide a much-needed boost in the fight against the
CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in Eastern Visayas who have been
disturbing the peace and development of the region.
Director Torrecacion said
that the hardships experienced by the soldiers while training have
molded them to become responsible and professional soldiers of the
“You are now Stormtroopers,
as such more people will look to you for strength, support, and
solution to their problems. And those behind you are the ones who
cannot defend themselves. They are your families, they are the weak
and the oppressed. They are your neighbors and your friends, they
are the Filipino people.”
Major General Pio Q.
Diñoso III PA, Commander, 8ID, extended his profound congratulations
to the proud parents who have given their all-out support and
entrusted their sons to 8ID.
“Sa mga magulang,
kapamilya at mga kaibigan na nanunuod ngayon sa kani-kaniyang bahay,
hindi niyo man masasaksihan ng personal ang ating mga bagong sundalo,
sinisigurado ko sa inyo na ang inyong anak o kapatid ay isa nang
malakas, matikas at magiting na lalaki na may direksyon sa buhay.
Maraming salamat at ipinagkatiwala ninyo sila sa amin at nawa’y
patuloy ninyo silang gabayan at suportahan dito sa pinili nilang
propesyon at makapagsilbi sa bayan. Kayo mismo bilang kanilang
kapamilya ang katuwang namin sa pagsusulong ng mga programa ng
Hukbong Katihan para sa pagkamit ng ating minimithing kapayapaan
tungo sa matiwasay at maunlad na komunidad.”
He also stressed to the
new soldiers that their enlistment in the AFP is now the beginning
of their true service to the government.
“Remember to always strive
to become stronger, smarter and better Stormtroopers. Mabuhay ang
Candidate Soldier Course ‘Matikas’ Class 633-2020! Mabuhay ang Team
8ID! Mabuhay tayong lahat!”