By Mike Crismundo
CAMP BANCASI, Butuan City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) promoted 206 Army soldiers in Northern Mindanao.
The newly promoted soldiers under the Army’s 403 Infantry (Peacemaker) donned their new rank insignias during a ceremony held in Camp Osito Bahian, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon province on Tuesday.
The newly promoted personnel came from the different Army battalions under the 403rdBrigade in Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de oro City, Gingoog City and El Salvador City.
Five soldiers were elevated to the rank of Master Sergeant, 20 to Technical Sergeant, 36 to Staff Sergeant, 62 to Sergeant, and 83 to Corporals.
Brig. Gen. Edgardo De Leon, commanding general of the 403rd brigade led the pinning of ranks.
The 403rd Brigade commander reiterated in his message that discipline and missions accomplished, are requisites to promotion. Those who were promoted serve as models for others to emulate.
“Alagaan ninyo ang nakuha ninyong promotion. Disiplina ang kailangan para mapangalagaan at mabigyan ng dignidad ang ranggo. Ang pinakamataas na uri ng disiplina ay ang disiplina sa sarili. Ito ay ang paggawa ng tama kahit walang nagmamasid, kahit walang nagbabantay, kahit walang nakatingin” De Leon said.
De Leon also encouraged the soldiers to continue their skills development training and be abreast of the current events.
“As soldiers, you must create opportunities for yourselves and make yourselves qualified for career advancement by attending regular and specialization courses, trainings, and seminars,” he said.