CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – Twelve new 2nd lieutenants, who recently graduated from the Officers Preparatory Course and from the Officer Candidate School, were assigned with the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division here.
As part of the Army Command’s tradition, the young officers were presented during the flag-raising ceremony on November 9, 2015 in this camp, where they introduced themselves to the officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees of the Army Command.
Eight of the newly-reported young officers are members of Officer Preparatory Course “Lakandiwa” Class 63 – 2014; while four are members of Officer Candidate Course “Gandilan” Class 44 – 2015. Seven of them are from Luzon, while five are from Mindanao.
The new 2nd lieutenants are: 2nd Lt. Philip R Umblas, 2nd Lt. Jim Kevin Z Dagpin, 2nd Lt. Eljing M. Macutob, 2nd Lt. Jay Rodante F. Figurasin, 2nd Lt. Reyzander K. Ga, 2nd Lt Edgardo B. Bernas Jr, 2nd Lt. Floilan I. Valenzuela, 2nd Lt. Rambi C. Onsat, 2nd Lt. Jose Ignacious V. De Leon, 2nd Lt. Jerome Cob D. Dela Cruz, 2nd Lt. Zaldy P. Lim-Ang, and 2nd Lt Bernabe John M Caro.
Before their deployment in the different field units, the new officers will undergo the Platoon Leader’s Course to refresh them of the military knowledge and skills they acquired from their respective military schools.
Major General Jet B. Velarmino, Commander of the Army in Eastern Visayas, stressed in his message to the new officers the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Core Values, of Honor, Patriotism and Duty.
He said, “Cling on to these values and you will never go astray from the narrow path towards becoming an ideal soldier in the mold of our brave and noble military heroes.”
“The Country and the Filipino people expect much of you. Good luck and contribute as much as you can to the achievement of peaceful and development-ready Eastern Visayas,” he added. (8th Infantry Division’s Public Affairs Office)