NEW ARMY ADVISERS. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte (center right frame) and actor Robin Padilla (upper left frame) take their oath as new members of the Philippine Army Multi-Sector Advisory Board in a virtual ceremony on Wednesday (July 8, 2020). The board’s members are composed of individuals coming from the government, non-government, media, business, defense and youth sectors. (Photo courtesy of the Army Chief Public Affairs Office)

MANILA – The Philippine Army Multi-Sector Advisory Board (PA MSAB) formally welcomed Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and actor Robin Padilla to its ranks during its second regular meeting in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Wednesday.

PA commander Lt. Gen. Gilbert I. Gapay led the oath-taking and ceremonial pinning of the Army Transformation Roadmap pin to Mayor Sara and Padilla via video conferencing.

“Since the conception of MSAB, you have been our long-time partners in the navigation to realize our goals. Throughout the years, the Board’s existence has been evident — and significant — in bridging the gap between the Army, private sector and civil society,” Gapay said in a statement.

Board members are composed of individuals coming from the government, non-government, media, business, defense and youth sectors.

The PA MSAB was created to promote the continuity and sustainability of the Army Transformation Roadmap and to encourage shared responsibility through its committees including Governance, Resource Management, Review and Assessment; Strategic Communication and Research and Education.

The current board is led by Philippine Economic Zone Authority Director General Charito Plaza and composed of members namely Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Representatives Rozzano Rufino Biazon and Ruwel Peter Gonzaga, Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy, Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Matteo Guidicelli and others.

“To the newly inducted members, I welcome you with gratitude, trusting in your commitment to champion the cause that is the Transformation Roadmap. Let us promote transparency, accountability, and efficiency. Let us become a world-class Army that is a source of national pride,” Gapay said.

In a message, Army spokesperson Col. Ramon Zagala said Mayor Sara Duterte was invited due to her governance experience with Davao City and special touch on education.

“She volunteered to chair the MSAB education and research committee,” he added.

The presidential daughter is an Army reservist with the rank of colonel.

Meanwhile, Padilla was invited for his grasp of the Muslim youth sector.

“Since he is now a Muslim, his interest is our deployment to Muslim areas and how he can put inputs on Islam as a religion to inspire the youth for peace,” Zagala said. (PNA)