VISCOM sustains the development of reserve force in the Visayas

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Visayas Command (VISCOM), in collaboration with the 7th Regional Community Defense Group (7RCDG) sustains its efforts in developing the reserve force in the Visayas with the joint opening of the Probationary Officers Training Course (POTC) Class 64 – 2022 and Basic Citizen Military Training (BCMT) Class 01 – 2022 on Thursday, June 30.

A total of 240 aspiring Reserve Officers composed of the members of the aforementioned training classes have joined; 120 of whom are for POTC Class 64 and 120 for BCMT Class 01.

The POTC is a 4-month long pre-entry training for all MS 42 and Advance ROTC graduates in order for them to qualify for commissionship into the reserve force of the AFP; while the BCMT is a 45-day pre-entry training undertaken by Filipino citizens who wish to become part of the reserve force of the AFP.

During the ceremony, Col Vincent B Iringan, the Chief of the Unified Command Staff of VISCOM expressed his admiration on the spirit of volunteerism that each of the aspirants possess, saying that, “Your willingness to take the series of examinations and interviews shows your interest, enthusiasm and full-hearted volunteerism to undertake these trainings.”

He added that the aspirants will be subjected to rigorous activities and academic learning that will enhance their professionalism and instill in them the core values of the AFP which are Honor, Patriotism, and Duty.

Col Iringan ended with words of encouragement to all the aspirants, saying that, “Rationalized your day-to-day activities for you to appreciate the camaraderie and your leadership transformation. Take your training positively. As the saying goes, “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.”

Present during the ceremony are the Staff Officers and Training Directorate of 7th RCDG headed by their Group Commander, Col Edgar G Mangabay. Prominent personalities who joined voluntarily the BCMT CI 01 – 2022 included: Ms. Charmaine S. Nograles, the Senior Operations Manager of Gaisano Brothers Merchandising Inc.; Dr. Jusette M. Dela Torre of Cebu City Health Office; and Ms. Emily Namanas of the Unboxing Specialize Trading of Lazada and Shoppe.

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