Army Cadets of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) of “Gabay-Laya” Class 2016 arrived at the headquarters of 4th Infantry Division in Cagayan de Oro City on February 26 for a week-long On the Job Training (OJT). The group is composed of 29 males and 4 females.
They were transported by Philippine Air Force C295 aircraft from Villamor Airbase, Pasay City to Lumbia Airport. They will visit 4ID’s Area of Responsibility (AOR) to have an experiential learning on how the Philippine Army tactical units effectively implement the imperatives of Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) “Bayanihan”.
“It is the first time that PMA cadets will be immersed in Mindanao. We are expecting that they will learn so many things from 4ID as one of Philippine Army’s Major Unit which accomplishes its mission through its Bayanihan efforts in the AOR,” said Colonel Ignatius N Patrimonio, Head of the PMA OJT Directorate.
“The visit and tour of the cadets here in 4ID shall help in the development of their skills as future officers of the Army who could become catalysts for peace and development. At this early stage of their career, they will understand the importance of a collective partnership with the different sectors of society,” 4ID commander Major General Oscar Lactao said.
“They will realize that peace and security can be fully achieved through the concerted and united efforts of all stakeholders as what we are doing all these times. We warmly welcome them and I will encourage them to maximize their one-week stay in 4ID and learn lots of things from the officers and enlisted personnel of this Command,” Major General Lactao added.
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