By DPAO, 8ID PA
July 26, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – The Philippine Army Candidate Soldier Course Class 538-18 composed of two hundred forty eight (248) able-bodied Filipinos was formally closed today, July 24, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at the 8ID Grandstand, Camp Lukban, Barangay Maulong, Catbalogan City, Samar.
The closing ceremony was graced by a former soldier himself, Hon. Reynaldo B. Capon, Sr., Municipal Mayor, Alang-Alang, Leyte, as the Guest of Honor and Speaker who further led the ceremonial entrustment of firearms, distribution of certificates, and individual achievements. The entrustment of firearms to the 248 newly enlisted privates symbolizes their acceptance of responsibilities and commitment to the people and country.
Hon. Capon during his inspirational message reminded the soldiers to love their job with utmost dedication, nurture a harmonious relationship with comrades and the people in the community wherever they may be assigned. He also reminded them to avoid getting involved in any misconduct that will tarnish their image.
On the other hand, Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, Commander, 8ID said, “On this occasion, let me congratulate these 248 strong young men who in their youthful days arrived at one of the most difficult decisions in their lives and that is to join the noble profession of arms.”
Morever, Maj. Gen. Farnacio congratulated and thanked the families, relatives, and friends of the newly enlisted privates for their support and trust to 8ID.