December 8, 2022

Volunteers in Apayao joined a 45-day basic military training in support of the government’s peace-keeping measures and as reservists in case of national emergencies and during relief and rescue operations.

The training, organized by the 1405th Kalinga-Apayao Community Defense Center of the 14th Regional Community Reserve Group Philippine Army Reserve Command (Arescom), aims to develop the participants to become mature, highly disciplined, and fully capable service members of the community.

The training is participated in by 20 volunteers, aged 18 to 35 years old, from Apayao’s seven towns.

Drill instructors will teach the trainees on how to care for one another and function as a member of a team to achieve success together.

The participants will likewise undergo training about first aid, water survival skills, marksmanship, tactics, and other related topics.

During the opening ceremony at the Bacut Lake Tourism Complex in Sta. Marcela, Apayao, Board Member Mailah Haylee Ballesteros lauded the support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to the Apayao government’s efforts to promote peace and development among its citizens.

“We capitalize on peace and order as our greatest strength, to transcend our diversities and sustain the development gains inked by our forefathers and previous leaders in the history of our province,” said Philippine Councilor’s League-Apayao President and ex-officio board member Kyle Maria Chelsea S. Bulut, who represented Gov. Eleanor Bulut-Begtang during the event. – PNA