Monday, May 16, 2016

EastMinCom Commander Graces 37th National Reservist Week Regional Convention Closing Ceremony

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City- The Commander of AFP’s Eastern Mindanao Command Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero graced the 37th National Reservist Week Regional Convention Closing Ceremony as guest of honor and speaker. The activity was held at University of South Eastern Philippines in Obrero, Davao City in the afternoon of May 15, 2016. This year’s theme of the said celebration is “Laang Kawal: Patuloy na Naghahanda at Nagsasanay Tungo sa Mapayapa, Masagana, at Maunlad na Bayan”.

In his speech, Lt. Gen. Guerrero congratulated the reservists and the reserve force organization represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff for Reservist and Retiree Affairs, J9 Rear Admiral Aurelio A. Rabusa Jr., and AFPRESCOM Commander Brig. Gen. Leoncio A. Cirunay Jr., for the successful conduct of the 37th National Reservist Week Regional Convention. He also congratulated the reservists who were awarded with medals and who were donned with their new ranks. 

Moreover, Lt. Gen. Guerrero emphasized the role of the reserve force. “Our constitution recognizes the role of the Citizen Armed Force as protector of the country and its people. In particular, the reserve force, in tandem with their regular counterparts, has played a significant role in maintaining internal security and stability by actively participating in humanitarian assistance, disaster response and community development activities. The AFP and the entire Defense Organization has always recognized the value of a trained, equipped and readily mobilizeable reserve force. In fact, it has been specified in the Defense Planning Guidance that the Reserve Force should mirror the regular force. The AFP has continued with its reserve force development programs notwithstanding these challenges-which is why I would like to recognize the efforts of J9 for pushing the conduct of this regional convention alongside the organization of the Joint Ready Reserve Force. This is certainly a significant step in developing and harnessing the capability of our reserve force and channeling them to the promotion of peace and development in the different regions”, Lt. Gen. Guerrero said

Lt. Gen. Guerrero said that through the activation of Joint Ready Reserve Force in Metro Davao, he expects a more coordinated and effective response of the reservists units during disaster response operations. “Let me also affirm the commitment of the Eastern Mindanao Command to support efforts to develop our Reserve Force because the Reserve Force should not only be regarded as a force multiplier but as an essential component of our armed forces. To our reservists, let us all continue to work together for peace and progress in our country. Congratulations to all of us and Mabuhay Tayong Lahat!”. Lt. Gen. Guerrero concluded

Source: Public Affairs Branch, ACUCS for CMO, U7

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