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Army trains 155 new soldiers; female Lumad steals show

Camp Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City (8 September) -- A total of 155 army recruits formally undergo basic military training as they took their oath in a ceremony held at the 10th Infantry Division Training Unit in Malagos, Calinan, Davao City Monday morning October 5, 2009.

The new recruits were the second batch of soldiers to be trained this year for deployment in Region XI to address insurgency and help in the peace and development efforts of the government.

Included in the list of trainees did 15 Lumads comprise 10 percent of the total quota for new soldiers. One female Lumad trainee and incidentally the lone female in this batch made it to the list of more than a thousand who applied to be candidate soldiers.

Maj Gen. Reynaldo Mapagu, Commander of Army's 10th Infantry Division in Davao City led the soldiers in taking their oath of service. In addressing the trainees, Mapagu stressed the pivotal role of the armed forces in protecting the populace from any harm posed by threats to national development.

"We are a service oriented organization and as such; you, as new soldiers must be the epitome of discipline. You must follow all rules and regulations while in training, observe the law of the land when deployed and respect human rights at all times to show all stakeholders that soldiers are the true servants of the masses and genuine protector of the people," Mapagu said.

The new soldiers are expected to finish the course after three months to go further training in peace building for another few months before deployment in far flung barangays in the region which is one of the national priority areas of the government in peace and development efforts. (10th ID) [top]

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