Armed Forces starts mustering reserve units

To determine whether its pool of trained manpower is up to par, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has started mustering all its reserve units in Metro Manila. “As our operations against terrorist groups and other lawless elements continue to intensify, our reservists must remain steadfast, dependable, and ready to be deployed any time,” AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said in a statement Monday.

Mustering started on Saturday which was spearheaded by the AFP Office of the Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Reservists and Retiree Affairs.

Based on their initial assembly, there were 112 officers, and 555 enlisted personnel in National Capital Region.

Arevalo said these figures are expected to increase once mustering goes into high gear.

Mustering will determine the present status of the operational readiness and the responsiveness of the reserve force.

“Our reservists are not only force multipliers, but also our partners in various non-lethal military operations and activities that contribute to nation building and national well-being,” he added.

As per AFP data for the first quarter of 2017, there are are a total 386,116-strong Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine reservists all over the country.

The AFP Reserve Force conducts regular assemblies to physically account, inspect, organize, and update the individual records of each reservist and ready-reserve unit

Arevalo said the simultaneous assembly is in compliance with Section 49 of Republic Act 7077 which states that: All reservists, particularly those belonging to the ready and standby reserves, shall be accounted for, their records and status updated and present whereabouts ascertained in order to ensure their readiness to the call to duty.