CAMP CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal — The first batch of Philippine Coast Guard recruits to undergo the Army’s 45-day jungle warfare training were declared graduates during a ceremony here Friday.
Out of the 85 PCG recruits, 57 were male while the rest were females, all of whom will be deployed to guard Philippine shores.
Lt Col Jose DR Del Rosario III, Commandant of the 2nd Division Training School, said that the Jungle Warfare and Mountain Operations Course is the first training that 2ID soldiers take after their enlistment into the Philippine Army.
“This training developed each individual’s survival instinct, warrior spirit, leadership trait, teamwork and, above all, discipline which are among the hallmarks of being servant soldiers and defenders of the Filipino people”, ended Lt Col Del Rosario.
It can be recalled that the PCG, through Rear Admiral Joseph Coyme who is the Commander of the PCG’s Human Resource Management Command, reached out to the 2nd Infantry Division to have their neophytes cross-train with the Army in order to increase their recruits’ readiness to accomplish their given mandate.
Rear Admiral Coyme explained that “in times of war, PCG will be under the Department of National Defense, thus, there is an underlying need for us to capacitate our forces so that we will be able to live up to the expectations of our people and spirit behind that provision.”
“We believe that we were able to successfully achieve that objective, thus, the Philippine Coast Guard and 2ID have decided to formalize this partnership and institutionalize this worthwhile undertaking with the goal of better serving our people and securing every inch of Philippine territory”, ended Rear Admiral Coyme.
Major General Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr, Commander of 2ID, and Rear Admiral Coyme signed a Memorandum of Partnership after the graduation ceremony.
Under the partnership, 2ID has committed to provide JWMOC Training to recruits of the PCG which, in turn, will train the Jungle Fighters on the facets of Human Resource and Personnel Management as well as in search and rescue operations.
In his speech, Maj Gen Burgos reiterated the Army’s “commitment in ensuring the safety of the Coast Guard’s recruits without sacrificing the quality and brand of training that they will get under the guidance, scrutinizing eyes and able hands of the mentors from the Philippine Army’s best training unit thereby making them ready to live up to the expectations of our constituents.”
He described the signing of partnership document as a “manifestation of the enduring trust and iron-clad relationship between and among the government’s security sector which is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for a whole of nation approach in responding to the various issues which our country is facing.”
He ended his statement by assuring the people of CALABARZON Region and MIMARO provinces that “the Jungle Fighter Division, in coordination with our strategic partners and stakeholders from the private and public sectors, will remain steadfast in accomplishing our mandate as advocates of peace, servants of the people and defenders of Southern Tagalog.”