The various infantry units of Army’s 3rd Infantry Division in Negros and Panay will soon be augmented with 169 candidate-soldiers, who started their 20-week basic military training June 1 at Camp Macario Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz.
The candidate soldiers were selected from 969, who have applied for membership in the Philippine Army, military records show.
Major Gen. Jose Mabanta, 3rd Infantry Division commander, in his speech, reminded the candidate-solders, “No matter how the Army strives to train you, your development always counts on your self-discipline”.
Of the 169 applicants, 51 came from Negros, 85 from Panay, while the remaining 33 from Luzon and Mindanao.
Mabanta urged the candidate soldiers to make the best of their training, and also called on them not to waste the opportunities and chances given to them.
He said the 3ID Training Unit will oversee the training, that includes the Internal Peace and Security Plan “Bayanihan”, Army Transformation Roadmap and indoctrination on Respect for Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law and the Rule of Law
As early in their career, Mabanta said it is their intention that the candidate soldiers will learn to value the importance of cooperation and collaboration in attaining peace, while maintaining and respecting the rights of others.
While on training, the candidate soldiers are expected to receive monthly pay and allowances of P14,205, excluding initial clothing allowance, military equipment and gears.*GPB